08/02/2018 Business Questions


08/02/2018

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intervention in the first instance.

Border. Business questions.

Could

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the Leader of the House give us the

forthcoming business.

Thank you, Mr

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Speaker. The business will include

Monday the 19th, the house will not

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be sitting. Tuesday the 20th of

February, second reading of the

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sanctions in the anti-money

laundering laws. Where's the 21st of

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February, remaining stages of the

Finance number two bill. Thursday

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22nd of February, debate on the role

of disabled people in economic

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growth followed by a general debate

on cancer strategy. The subjects of

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these debates were determined by the

back bench committee. Friday the

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23rd of every private members bills.

We commencing the 26th of February,

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estimates date, first allotted day.

Choose their the 27th, second

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allotted day. The house will be

asked to agree all outstanding

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estimates. I'm sure the whole house

will want to join me in marking

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children's mental health week. The

earliest years of vitally important

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for lifelong emotional health and

I'm strongly supportive of our

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efforts in this area. Both houses

have now agreed to the same motion

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regarding the restoration and

renewal of the Palace of Westminster

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on my right honourable friend the

Leader of the House of Lords and I

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will be presenting a paper on next

steps to a house commissions within

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the next few weeks. And then, Mr

Speaker, we were all proud to take

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part in the celebrations marking 100

years of women's votes. We have made

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huge progress in advancing women's

rights, but there's still a long way

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to go, especially when dealing with

the vicious personal abuse which is

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so often directed at women.

Parliament needs to show the high

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standards, so I'm delighted that

today a report on an independent

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complaints and grievance policy has

been published. I hope these

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proposals will demonstrate a renewed

commitment to treating everyone who

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works in this place with dignity and

respect.

Thank you. Can I thank the

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Leader of the House rather

forthcoming business and ask again

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about the date that we are going to

rise in July. People need to plan

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their lives. I know the government

is focused on Brexit. I wonder if

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the Leader of the House could

explain the European research group?

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Does the leader know if they will be

publishing any sectorial analysis or

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is this another secret society that

operates around the house that only

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a few people can join? The

government should publish the list

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of ministerial responsibilities.

Maybe then the government will know

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what they are doing. Sending junior

ministers out to debates to answer

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urgent questions instead of

ministers. This is an ideological --

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if this is not ideological I don't

know what is. That is close railway

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line has 91% satisfaction rating.

Forfeiting the contract has 2.2

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billion. The shadow Secretary of

State for Transport said it would

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add another £380 million to the

bailout. Quite rightly, the NAO has

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launched an enquiry. What are the

costs so far associated with this

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debacle and can she say whether or

not the Minister may be decision

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against advice? Sorry, who benefited

from midnight visit the secretary of

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state to see LG from number 11 are

in difficulties. The local MP said

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she had worn since 2013 and 2014

that they could not cope with the

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level of cuts. Further discussion

has been stifled. As the Minister

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said yesterday it's not appropriate

to comment whilst the inspection is

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going on. Camberley the right to me

and inform me how long the

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inspection will take on what other

terms of reference. Is the Leader of

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the House where on any statement

from the government on the misuse of

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statistics? The head of the

statistics authority said that the

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Prime Minister was misusing the

statistics on waiting times. In

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England she uses time from decision

to admit from time to admission to

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another part of the health service.

In Wales she quotes the entire time

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patients wait from arrival. When

will this be corrected. The

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government statement said they

accept the assessment, but fair

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assessment in this target still

stands. That is bizarre. Bumblebees

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correction be published in response

to Sir David's comments? Let us also

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acknowledge that from the oldest

language in Europe which was

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celebrated this week in the Welsh

grand committee, but more delays by

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the government. Disabilities in the

built environment, the report, there

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has been no response. The Minister

says I refer to my answer earlier.

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This affects blind people. When will

the government take people with

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disabilities seriously?

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The test of the Government is their

commitment, deeds not words. Can the

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Government explain my former

military wives are losing out on

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pension credits. Deeds not words on

House of Commons research which

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found that 86% of austerity falls on

women. Cuts of £97 billion. Deeds

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not words on equal pay for equal

work. The Leader of the Opposition

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has done his deeds because we have a

Shadow Cabinet or 50% women, you

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cannot say that about the Cabinet.

We couldn't take part in the photo

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in central lobby because the Shadow

Cabinet were at the Museum with a

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suffragette exhibition. A loaf of

bread was preserved for web the

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suffragettes came out of prison and

they held it aloft to prove they had

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been on hunger strike. Finally,

there deeds allows our words to

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resound as we strive for equality.

I

am grateful to the honourable lady

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for a series of questions she has

put to me and I think what I can say

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in response to a number of her

requests for a letter is that I will

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write to her on a number of the

points she has raised that I don't

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have the specific answers to, to

hand. And of course through the

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usual channels we will as soon as

possible give date for summary sets,

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and as she knows the publication of

ministerial responsibilities is very

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soon. She asks when the data

protection Bill will be introduced

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in this House, and again that will

be done as soon as Parliament to

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time allows. She asks about county

councils and she will appreciate

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that under this Government, since

2010, we have seen in real terms,

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taking into account inflation, the

decrease in council taxes and indeed

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in non-real terms, another was

headline terms, some of the lowest

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council tax rises since council tax

was introduced. This year the cap

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has been lifted to 3% to take into

account inflation and that is

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important. With regards to my own

county council, she will be aware of

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particular concerns around the way

budgets and finances have been

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managed there and it is subject to

an investigation by the Department

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for communities in local government

and that is now in hand. She invites

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me to celebrate the oldest language,

the Welsh language, I am delighted

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to do that and also proud that my

honourable friend the Member for

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Pudsey is himself a Welsh speaker

and I'm sure it could drag him to

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the chamber to sing to us or

something like that but possibly he

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might be cross with me for even

suggesting it. Finally she talks

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about deeds, not words, and I think

on issues around the gender pay gap

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she should celebrate that the UK is

one of the first countries in the

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world to introduce mandatory gender

pay gap reporting. McKinsey, the

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consulting company, estimates

closing the gender gap in work would

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add £150 billion to the economy by

2025 but I am pleased to tell

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honourable members the full-time

gender pay gap is lowest it's ever

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been and we are committed to

eliminating it entirely.

As usual, a

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great many members seeking to catch

my eye and I will do my best to

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accommodate interests but there are

no fewer than three government

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statements to follow these exchanges

and two select committee statements

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before we even reach the debate due

to take place under the auspices of

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the backbench business committee and

the debate that follows that so

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there is a premium to date upon

brevity from back and front benches

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alike. If colleagues have got

scripted screeds as prefaces to

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questions, may I politely suggest

they abandon the scripted screed and

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let's just have the pithy question.

Could my right honourable friend

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find time for debate on banning UK

tour operators for selling rides on

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Asian elephants? These wonderful

animals, when in training, are often

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abused and I'm sure no UK visitor

would want to condone that.

As ever,

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my honourable friend raises a

question of huge interest of UK, as

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genuine animal lovers, and I'm proud

we have some of the highest animal

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welfare standards in the world. We

don't believe changing the law in

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the UK would make significant

difference, what we do agree is

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making people aware of the situation

and allowing them to judge for

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themselves is likely to result in UK

tourists addressing the problem with

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their feet.

Can I thank the House

financing business for the week we

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come back. After attempts to keep

the figures of the Brexit concealed

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from the British public, we now know

the two costs of the disastrous

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plans for the nations and regions of

the UK, and it takes a hit on

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economic growth of up to 9% to pay

for the chaos. Scotland didn't vote

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for the story hard Brexit but here

we are, tethered to this

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dysfunctional Titanic is a careers

haphazardly towards the abyss. Can

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we have a debate on these national

and regional breakdowns on design a

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solution that will protect Scotland

from the worst of this madness? And

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can we have a debate about who is

and how to achieve them because over

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the weekend we were presented with

the prospect of Boris Johnson on

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Jacob Rees Mogg, possibly our worst

nightmare and something designed to

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keep the kids awake at night. How

much longer do we have to ensure

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this Tory civil war and I extend my

offer to peacekeepers designed to

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ensure this is conducted properly.

Lastly, we will have new estimate

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debates when we return and for the

first time in recent history will

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will get to debate estimates. The

one part of department to spring we

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need to address was the ban to the

DUP, because this House has never

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debated it and had a chance to give

its verdict on it -- the bung to the

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DUP.

I thank the honourable

gentleman for his series of

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questions. Firstly on the economic

analysis around the impact of Brexit

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on different parts of the United

Kingdom, he will be aware that there

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is a room in Parliament Street made

available for members wishing to go

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and look at that. It was early

analysis and it hadn't been seen by

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ministers, as he will be aware. He

talks about coups, for a moment I

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thought he was talking about Cowles!

I can assure him this Government is

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working together to make a success

of leaving the European Union, both

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for the UK and our 27 EU friends and

neighbours. I share his delight at

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estimates being debated and

announced in the future business,

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and with the efforts of the liaison

committee and the procedure

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committee to try and resolve the

timing of those with the backbench

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business committee. Finally he asks

about additional funding for

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Northern Ireland, and in recognition

of the unique circumstances of

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Northern Ireland we have committed

to making available 50 million of

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the funding set out in the agreement

in this financial year for health

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and education, but we do continue to

want to see the financial support

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set out in the agreement decided

upon and spent by a restored

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executive in Northern Ireland.

Does

my right honourable friend agree...

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Does my right honourable friend

agree with me that...

The most

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illuminating private conversation

but it must not be to the detriment

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of the pertinent inquiry from the

honourable lady.

Does my right

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honourable friend agree with me that

while income tax is devolved to the

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Scottish Government that we should

debate the impact of the SNP tax

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hike that will have on Armed Forces

personnel and how it will reduce the

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demand for posting in Scotland.

I'm

grateful to my honourable friend for

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raising her question and I do

commend her for standing up for her

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constituents and raising an

important point. Over the coming

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months the MOD will be reviewing the

impact of this latest decision by

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the Scottish Government but she's

right to point out that in

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accordance with the legislation, all

those who are identified as Scottish

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taxpayers by HMRC will continue to

be issued with the appropriate tax

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code and so must have Scottish

income tax applied on earnings.

And

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very grateful, Mr Speaker. Can I

thank the leader for the

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confirmation that the estimates

debates will take place on the 26th

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and 27th, but the subject of those

debates is in the hands of members

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of this House and applications have

to be made by next Friday, the 16th,

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in order to determine which

departmental estimates will be made

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so please, it is in your hands. Make

those applications. I'm also very

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aware today we are pressed for time.

Can I humbly suggest we withdraw the

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pre-recess adjournment debate and

devote the whole time to the

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divisible motion.

Thank you, Mr

Speaker, and I'm genuinely sorry

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time has been reduced today but the

honourable gentleman will appreciate

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it's important the House is able to

question ministers on some of the

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important issues in today's

statements. I will always consider

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requests for backbench business time

and I was pleased to protect time

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for the backbench debate on Tuesday

this week.

The Secretary of State

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for deaf has said we will not have

American-style industrial factory

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farming in this country -- Defra,

yet in my constituency there is an

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application to have an unacceptable

amount of chickens slaughtered.

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Would you allow me to bring in a

cage with the chickens in it to

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demonstrate the appalling conditions

they have to live under?

No chickens

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at any rate in the chamber.

I'm

grateful to my honourable friend for

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raising this issue. As I've already

said, we have some of the highest

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animal welfare standards in the

world, including for the weights

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chickens are reared, but he raises

concerning point and I encourage him

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to seek an adjournment debates so a

minister from Defra can respond.

Mr

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Vernon Coker.

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minister from Defra can respond.

Mr

Vernon Coker.

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minister from Defra can respond.

Mr

Vernon Coker.

Then I apologise for

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my earlier excitement first of all.

Can I ask the Leader of the House

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whether we can have a debate on

crime statistics. In Nottinghamshire

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the latest crime statistics show a

29% year on year increase. The Prime

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Minister yesterday said this was

because of the different way it was

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recorded. In Nottinghamshire we

believe it is due to police cuts and

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there is an urgent need for that to

be clarified.

The honourable

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gentleman raises a very important

point about policing and crime

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statistics. He will be aware that

overall traditional crime is

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continuing to fall. In fact by

almost 40% since 2010. It is also

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the case the recording of crime is

improving and more people feel able

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to come forward with crimes such as

domestic violence and so on the

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never before. Nevertheless he is

right to raise the issue of specific

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matters of crime and it is important

that communities are able to do more

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to help themselves, that's why we

have awarded £765,000 to community

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groups and more than 280,000 to

community projects that are

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specifically working on ending gang

violence and exploitation. There is

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much more to do but across all areas

of rising crime, the Government is

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taking action to try to reduce it.

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Every two minutes a child dies of

malaria in this world. Can my right

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honourable friend arrange for the

secretary of state to give a

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statement or for us to have a debate

in the Chamber on what we are going

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to do to combat malaria, this

dreadful disease, and the

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opportunities we have at the

Commonwealth meeting in April to

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promote the treatment of malaria

across the world?

We would all share

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a desire to see malaria stamped out

and other insidious diseases that

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affect particularly children in

poorer regions of the world. He may

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want to seek a backbench debate in

order to share views with other

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colleagues across the house.

Come

the Leader of the House find time

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for a debate on old toll bridges and

the traffic chaos that they cause?

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The Warburton toll bridge in my

constituency for the sake of a 12p

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toll is causing traffic jams right

round all the main roads and the

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Department for Transport seems to

hold no data on the impact of these

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bridges. Isn't it time we debated

this and abolished these

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19th-century tolls?

Well I'm

absolutely sympathetic. I've had my

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own experience of these roads and

the queue going down the street for

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the sake of 5p or 10p. I share her

frustration and I encourage her to

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raise it at departmental questions.

I'm sure ministers, if she persists,

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will look into it for her.

Mr

Speaker, unlike the SNP spokesman my

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constituents are actually optimistic

about post-Brexit Britain. Could I

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suggest to be Leader of the House

that she provided government time

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for a debate when a minister from

every department, including the

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Treasury, could come to the house

and outlined the advantages to

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Britain of leaving the EU? We would

need at least a full day for it.

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What is my honourable friend would

expect I will be delighted to

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deliver that to him. I share his

enthusiast and for the prospects of

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the United Kingdom outside of the

European Union. You might want to

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put that to every department in

questions.

As the Leader of the

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House may be aware there are

widespread concerns over the

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outsourcing of the patient services,

the Pence many of him facing

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financial difficulties. In my

constituency of violent offender was

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released without a risk assessment

by the CRC. Coming have a debate

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statement on the future of

outsourcing operations services?

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This is a very important every. The

honourable lady will be pleased to

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know that our reforms to probation

means we are monitoring 40,000

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offenders who have previously been

released with no supervision at all.

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It's a positive change the public

safety. Overall I can tell her the

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community rehabilitation companies

have reduced the number of people

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offending. If she has a specific

concern, she might want to raise it

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with the Department.

Can I support

my honourable friend for Harrow

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regarding tackling malaria. Can I

ask if we can have a debate on the

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status of recommendations made by

trusts special administrators, in my

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case the mid Staffordshire trust.

This report that the cost of £20

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million was accepted by the

Secretary of State for help with a

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lot of recommendations that are

really important for my

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constituents, but we are seeing some

erosion of them, despite the best

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efforts of the trust that took mid

Staffordshire over to implement

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them. Can we have a debate on them

because it's vital that my

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constituents know that those

recommendations are firm and will

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continue.

My honourable friend has

always championed his constituency

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and in particular he has been a

strong advocate for improvement to

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his hospital and I do to seek an

adjournment debate so he can hear

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directly from the Department of

Health.

Through a written statement

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Department the business energy

strategy announced the creation of

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an office or product safety. Can we

have a debate so we can better

0:23:570:24:01

understand the Department's

responsibilities, especially around

0:24:010:24:06

counterfeit electrical goods sold

online and electric white goods.

The

0:24:060:24:11

honourable lady raises an important

issue and we have heard a number of

0:24:110:24:15

times of problems with counterfeit

goods. I'm certainly very happy

0:24:150:24:19

either issue was the right to me to

raise it directly with the

0:24:190:24:23

Department or I suggest she sings an

adjournment debate so she can raise

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it directly herself.

One of the

important pieces of legislation for

0:24:270:24:33

the post-Brexit world is the

immigration bill and reason

0:24:330:24:37

statements from the Home Secretary

would suggest that there has been

0:24:370:24:41

some backsliding on the potential

timescale for this important piece

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of legislation. Can the Leader of

the House tell us when can we expect

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to see the immigration bill before

the House?

Well, my honourable

0:24:490:24:55

friend should absolutely rest

assured that we are determined to

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make a success of leaving the

European Union and all legislation

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that is necessary to ensure that

that is the case will be brought

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forward as soon as we need to do

that. .

A constituent of mine's

0:25:050:25:15

husband was murdered in 2002. The

killer was released after ten years.

0:25:150:25:22

Four years on, his supervision may

stop. She is petitioning for killers

0:25:220:25:27

to be kept in prison for life.

I am

truly sorry to hear about that. It's

0:25:270:25:40

a difficult situation for his

constituents. The Secretary of State

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for Justice is reviewing the

processes of the parole board and

0:25:450:25:47

I'm sure there will be further

updates to the House in due course.

0:25:470:25:53

Members will know next year -- or

the Leader of the House allow time

0:25:530:26:08

for debate on empty. I am running

the London Marathon to help

0:26:080:26:24

sufferers of this debilitating

condition.

I wish my honourable

0:26:240:26:36

friend and others mad enough to take

part in the London Marathon. MND is

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a terrible disease.

0:26:510:27:01

I'm working with the Royal Society

of Public health to look at child

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mental health link to social media.

Could I ask her to make time for a

0:27:080:27:16

debate that focuses specifically on

child mental health and the impact

0:27:160:27:20

social media has on that?

I

genuinely commend him for sorting

0:27:200:27:27

that out. We are seeing such a spike

in young people having problems

0:27:270:27:33

which are attributed to use social

media. What I can tell him is we are

0:27:330:27:39

putting a record £1.4 billion into

children and young people's mental

0:27:390:27:43

health and there are now record

numbers of children mental health

0:27:430:27:47

beds available at one 1140. We are

training staff in schools regarding

0:27:470:27:59

mental health. There is still a lot

more to do.

A lot of local

0:27:590:28:07

government problems have been laid

bare this week. I have warned about

0:28:070:28:12

this time and time again. Could we

have time to have a debate in this

0:28:120:28:17

Chamber regarding problems in local

government.

There was a debate

0:28:170:28:27

yesterday afternoon on the subject

of local government funding. There

0:28:270:28:31

are regular opportunities to raise

that in the house and if he feels is

0:28:310:28:37

its -- it is important to have a

further debate I would encouraging

0:28:370:28:43

to have a backbench debate.

The drug

re-purpose in report produced by the

0:28:430:28:57

said group is now on the desk of

Lord O'Shaughnessy. When can we have

0:28:570:29:01

a statement from the government on

its recommendations?

If the

0:29:010:29:06

honourable gentleman wants to write

to me on that point I can find out

0:29:060:29:09

from the department and get back to

him.

Following the debate in this

0:29:090:29:14

Chamber last week on HS2, would my

right honourable friend consider a

0:29:140:29:19

further debate on statutory

compensation, not just HS2, but

0:29:190:29:23

other major infrastructure projects

of national importance.

I'm sure

0:29:230:29:33

both you and I will support a

further debate and the honourable

0:29:330:29:35

lady may want to seek an adjournment

debate so she can raise her

0:29:350:29:42

concerns.

Can we have a debate on

the failure to report on the Royal

0:29:420:29:54

Bank of Scotland's treatment.

The

issue has been raised in this place

0:29:540:30:10

and if he would like further action

I suggest he seeks an adjournment

0:30:100:30:14

debate so that ministers can respond

directly.

I would like to ask my

0:30:140:30:20

right honourable friend if we can

have a debate on encouraging more

0:30:200:30:27

women in public office. It's

pertinent as we celebrate women

0:30:270:30:32

getting the vote 100 years ago.

100

years after the first women got them

0:30:320:30:39

right to vote we have made

advancements, but there is a long

0:30:390:30:42

way to go and fish personal online

abuse has no place in our public

0:30:420:30:46

life. Some of the things I can do

in, we are introducing an Internet

0:30:460:30:54

safety transparency report. The

Prime Minister has said that the law

0:30:540:31:00

society will also investigate and

social media code of practice will

0:31:000:31:03

be published later this year setting

out clearly then a minimum -- been

0:31:030:31:10

minimum standards expected of social

media platforms.

It's a delight that

0:31:100:31:18

thanks to the introduction of major

trauma centres around the country

0:31:180:31:22

500 more people are kept alive every

year, but unfortunately more a

0:31:220:31:26

quarter of those major trauma

centres have no rehabilitation

0:31:260:31:30

consultant and they are not able to

get the really important support

0:31:300:31:33

they need to get them back on their

feet, able to look after themselves.

0:31:330:31:38

We can make a real difference to

people's lives if we try harder.

I'm

0:31:380:31:45

sympathetic to his question and I

myself recently met a constituent

0:31:450:31:48

whose husband had been brain injured

by thugs and was herself in that

0:31:480:31:56

situation. It is terrible when it

happens, both the and their

0:31:560:31:59

families. I'm sympathetic and he may

wish to raise that directly with

0:31:590:32:06

ministers at departmental questions.

Coming have a debate on family

0:32:060:32:11

dynasty days. Earlier this week we

celebrated Scottish family business

0:32:110:32:15

days. Of the top five family

businesses, two up in my

0:32:150:32:24

constituency. All my right

honourable friend join me in

0:32:240:32:28

congratulating these two firms for

their contribution to the local

0:32:280:32:31

economy and for what they do to the

local area?

My honourable friend is

0:32:310:32:36

was a great champion for his

constituency and I'm proud to tell

0:32:360:32:41

him I own a Johnston was much. The

British business bank is supporting

0:32:410:32:51

£276 million. In addition the

start-up loans has delivered over

0:32:510:32:55

3000 loans were over £20 million in

Scotland. Much more to do, but he is

0:32:550:33:00

a great champion for all of those

small businesses.

A recently held my

0:33:000:33:07

first jobs and apprenticeships fair,

but too often young people in towns

0:33:070:33:13

like mine field there are a lack of

opportunities and the only

0:33:130:33:17

alternative is to move to the big

city. Come we have a debate on how

0:33:170:33:20

we can nurture talent in Britain's

small and very proud towns?

I'm

0:33:200:33:28

delighted she is supporting

apprenticeships, as many of us do.

0:33:280:33:32

Every time I get the chance I do

commend to colleagues to get an

0:33:320:33:36

apprentice in your own Parliamentary

office. I have had one for each of

0:33:360:33:39

the last seven years. It has been

brilliant for me and them. Across

0:33:390:33:47

all about towns I'm delighted that

we are now and with more than 3

0:33:470:33:51

million apprenticeships since 2010,

we are making progress but there is

0:33:510:33:56

much more to do. We need to combine

forces to improve life opportunities

0:33:560:34:03

for these youngsters.

Come we have a

report on the progress on

0:34:030:34:07

house-building and the further

action needed to build the number of

0:34:070:34:11

homes set urgently needed in this

country.

My honourable friend raises

0:34:110:34:16

an important point. This week the

Prime Minister chaired the inaugural

0:34:160:34:20

meeting of the housing

implementation task force to talk

0:34:200:34:22

about the progress we are making an

Watmore actions are needed. Over

0:34:220:34:27

217,000 homes were delivered last

year. Is the highest level we have

0:34:270:34:34

seen in all but one of the last 30

years. It takes us to 1.1 million

0:34:340:34:41

extra homes since 2010. More to do,

but good progress.

0:34:410:34:47

Activists in Honduras have been

targeted with a wave of

0:34:470:34:51

surveillance, intimidation and

violence. Last year we found out

0:34:510:34:54

last week the UK for the first time

ever has approved the sales of

0:34:540:34:59

inception equipment to the Honduras

government. Wilma Leader of the

0:34:590:35:04

House make time for a statement for

the Secretary of State to come to

0:35:040:35:08

this House and talk about how the

consolidated... 100 lawyers have

0:35:080:35:20

been killed and 50 opposition

members have been killed just in the

0:35:200:35:23

last year by their sister party.

The

honourable gentleman raises a point

0:35:230:35:30

that will be of concern to many

members in this House and his right

0:35:300:35:33

to do so. He might want to seek an

adjournment debate but we do operate

0:35:330:35:40

one of the most robust arms export

control regimes in the world and a

0:35:400:35:45

license will not be issued where

there's a clear risk items to be

0:35:450:35:48

licensed might be used in the

commission of a serious violation of

0:35:480:35:54

humanitarian law.

Can we have a

statement or debate on the benefits

0:35:540:36:00

of switching energy suppliers, and

how we should encourage even more

0:36:000:36:05

consumers to switch.

My honourable

friend raises an important question

0:36:050:36:11

for so many people in this country.

I'm glad to tell him there has been

0:36:110:36:16

good news, since 2010 the number of

energy suppliers has gone from 13th

0:36:160:36:19

to over 60 and 7.8 million energy

switches took place in 2016, an

0:36:190:36:27

increase of nearly 1.7 million on

2015 meaning customers are saving on

0:36:270:36:34

average £308 by switching from a

standard variable tariff offered by

0:36:340:36:36

the big six and he will be aware of

our commitment to bringing forward

0:36:360:36:44

and NG -- and energy price cap bill.

Confirmation has received from the

0:36:440:36:52

DWP that... Can only have a debate

about the impact of this policy and

0:36:520:37:04

the utter madness of people being

forced to sell their homes on

0:37:040:37:07

claiming more money in housing

benefit than mortgage interest

0:37:070:37:13

relief would cost the Government.

I

understand the point the honourable

0:37:130:37:18

gentleman is making but as he will

appreciate the reality is for many

0:37:180:37:25

very significant value in their

property on the importance in this

0:37:250:37:28

is to be fair to taxpayers as well

as those who need support in meeting

0:37:280:37:31

their mortgage costs.

In her role as

Leader of the House, can she say

0:37:310:37:38

what she's done to satisfy herself

on the accuracy of reports into the

0:37:380:37:41

economic impact of Brexit produced

by civil servants and will she make

0:37:410:37:48

a statement on what she's doing to

prevent ministers attacking the

0:37:480:37:53

motives of those who produce the

reports?

I simply don't accept that

0:37:530:38:01

people are attacking the credibility

of those reports. What honourable

0:38:010:38:06

members on the side and across the

House say, which is quite right, is

0:38:060:38:11

economic forecasts are often subject

to independent but nevertheless the

0:38:110:38:16

views and import to the economic

models used and therefore they are

0:38:160:38:22

not an exact science and therefore

they are often wrong and you only

0:38:220:38:26

have to look at economic forecasts

in the past and see the outturn to

0:38:260:38:29

see they are not always accurate. In

direct response to his question

0:38:290:38:34

however, he will be aware there is a

room it's been made available for

0:38:340:38:40

people in Parliament Street for

people to see the economic forecasts

0:38:400:38:46

for themselves.

Could we have a

debate on decision-making

0:38:460:38:59

protests... Many people in Malawi...

Can the Minister look into that case

0:38:590:39:10

and can have a debate on the

failures of UKVI.

The honourable

0:39:100:39:19

gentleman raises an important point

in his constituency, the Government

0:39:190:39:23

department will look into it for him

if he raises it with them.

The

0:39:230:39:28

remains of Royal Navy sailors who

died serving our country on board

0:39:280:39:33

HMS Exeter, HMS Electra, are being

buried in shallow mass graves in

0:39:330:39:37

Indonesia. The Dutch government is

acting in support of the Dutch

0:39:370:39:42

sailors from lost warships but the

UK Government is not. Can we have an

0:39:420:39:46

urgent debate to make sure we are

taking every step to at least rebury

0:39:460:39:50

our fallen sailors with the dignity

they deserve?

I am very sympathetic

0:39:500:39:58

to what the honourable gentleman is

saying. He might be aware we have

0:39:580:40:02

Foreign Office questions on the

first day of the House return in

0:40:020:40:07

February and he might wish to raise

a guy -- raise directly with

0:40:070:40:13

ministers.

0:40:130:40:18

This sentence represents a clear

violation of his right to freedom of

0:40:250:40:32

religion and a worrying trend in

Yemen so would the Leader of the

0:40:320:40:37

House agreed to statement on this

issue.

The honourable gentleman

0:40:370:40:42

raises a very concerning issue of

freedom of religion and he will be

0:40:420:40:46

aware that this House fully supports

freedom of religion and is totally

0:40:460:40:52

against any form of depriving people

of their human rights. I encourage

0:40:520:40:56

him to seek an adjournment debate so

he can take this up directly with

0:40:560:41:00

ministers.

We have made timely

progress.

My honourable friend from

0:41:000:41:08

Glasgow zero has raised a case in a

previous question so thanks for the

0:41:080:41:14

opportunity but I would add to the

Leader of the House this is an

0:41:140:41:17

urgent case and it is next week,

this exchange visit is due to take

0:41:170:41:21

place, so if she could look into it

urgently I would appreciate it.

The

0:41:210:41:26

honourable gentleman has made his

point and I hope he is content.

0:41:260:41:34

Good,

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