01/03/2018 Business Questions


01/03/2018

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Business statement, the Leader of

the House. The Leader of the House.

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Andrea Leadsom. Thank you Mr

Speaker. The business for the week

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renting the 5th of March will be one

Monday the 5th of March two reading

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of the data protection Bill. Tuesday

the 6th of March, the second reading

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of the act trick gas and tariff cap

bill. Opposition Day on Wednesday

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the sixth. There will be a debate in

the name of various parties. Then on

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national women's Day. And then a

month mark the house will not sit.

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The business for the week of 12th of

March includes on the 12th, the

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remaining stages of the financial

guidance and claims will. Mr Speaker

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can I wish all members happy Davids

Day. I am told that as happy Saint

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Davids Day for all non-Welsh

speakers amongst us. I am think I am

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sure but somebody will know about me

right if I am wrong this house has a

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great and talented Welsh MPs and I

wish they may happy St David's Day,

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I can see plenty of daffodil pins in

the chamber representing today in a

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valleys David's Day but also married

to rebut great daffodil appeal and

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so Speaker as ovarian cancer

awareness month begins we are all

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incredibly gatefold to the work of

palliative care nurses doing such

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good work to support people.

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To improve early diagnosis and this

awareness month will support that.

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And lastly, Mr Speaker, today is

world book Day. Much like in the

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Chronicles of Narnia, members will

be aware that today is very much

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winter outside but not Christmas. So

from Alice in Wonderland to the

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Tiger to count tea, long may we long

share our love of reading and

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continue to encourage children of

all ages to share their pleasures in

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a good book. Thank you.

Thank you,

Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, I am really

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worried about parliamentary

sovereignty. I note that leader has

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not announced business beyond the

12th of March but let me help her

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and the government because I

understand that the spring statement

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will be on the 13th of March and

that was announced by the Treasury

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in a very fancy infographics. So I'm

sorry that the Leader of the House

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could not even announced the spring

statement. And no announcement of

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Wendy Brown Minister is coming to

the House to make a statement to the

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House -- of when the Prime Minister

is coming to the House. Can the

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Leader of the House confirmed that

the Prime Minister will be making

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her speech here and could she

confirm if it is going to be in

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Aberdeen or somewhere else? Mr

Speaker, I see the government may

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have a new policy called pure

illusion. It sounds like an new

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perfume. The European Council

president Donald Tusk knows about it

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but that is even before we have

debated it. And while we welcome him

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to the UK and sure he will want to

welcome -- remind ligament again

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that is a cherry blossom time not

cherry picking. And what... It was

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whispered yesterday, is someone,

anyone, come into the House to

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explain it so that we can ask

questions about it? Mr Speaker, a

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written statement was made yesterday

by our friend the member of

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Carshalton. He said that the sponsor

body and the dedicated body need

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primary legislation to be set up.

Could the Leader of the House say

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when that is likely to come to the

House, next year or the year after?

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And Austria... On the eligibility of

free school meals and abolishing

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nursing bursaries. We are now

rapidly eating into the 40 days.

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Could the Leader of the House please

make time for them to be debated

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because they Shadow Education

Secretary... 120, 146 on childcare

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vouchers and early childcare

regulations of 2018 on the national

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funding formula. And what about our

next opposition day, Mr Speaker? We

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haven't had a of that and no one

seems to be talking to is about when

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that is likely to be. What is the

government scared of? This same with

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the... I know members of this House

are so keen to debate clause five

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because the country wants to know

what the position is on jobs and

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living standards. As the Speaker,

there goes our sovereignty in

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Parliament tossed aside again. The

same day that Ministers were in

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Chequers, the Right Honourable

member for Wantage said that

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discipline has completely broken

down in the parliamentary party so

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no one tells anybody off, I'm

surprised some people at the back,

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because there is no power anywhere.

Mr Speaker, when they do have power

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they don't want to use it and they

don't want to use it against money

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launderers because a point of order

that was made yesterday by my

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honourable friend for Bishop

Auckland, she asked for guidance on

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the handling the anti-laundering

bill. The subcommittee said they

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wanted to take clause one after

clause 18 but when they got to

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clause 18, the debate. Immediately

after 25 minutes. Cut the Leader of

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the House please ensure that there

will be adequate time to debate the

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40 amendments and clause one, which

is the clause... And actually

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strengthens our regime. There is no

date for the committee stage on my

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honourable friend for Westminster

North's homes fitness capitation

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bill. The stalking protection Bill

the organ donation Bill all

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supported by the admin. No date for

committee. Today the independent

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enquirer child sexual abuse, very

important matter, publishes its

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first report into serious child

abuse. Thousands of British

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government were deported by their

own government and the other side of

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the world and they suffered horrific

sexual abuse. The enquiry are not

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holding a press conference on their

findings but are publishing a

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significant report online. There is

a written report today. And the hurt

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suffered by so many. Will the

government commit to making time to

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have a statement at the earliest

opportunity? And Mr Speaker, at

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Prime Minister 's Mac questions last

week, and honourable member who

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voted to cut police budgets... He

said 10 million was being spent on

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back-office staff. The West Midlands

Police and crime commission has

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confirmed to me that the staff were

in fact police support staff and

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they're quite upset by that

pejorative term that they use. This

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is what they do, they answer

emergency 909 calls, investigate

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child abuse cases and carry-out

forensics. I hope that an apology

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will be made by the Honourable

member and perhaps schedule a debate

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on what police support staff

actually do. Mr Speaker, we welcome

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back the Right Honourable member for

old Bexley and sick up. He and the

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Prime Minister both agreed that --

Bexley and Sidcup. So the shadow

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Secretary of State made a point of

order yesterday, could we have an

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urgent statement on my GPs are being

paid not to make referrals. The

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Health Secretary needs to explain

this policy and stop this alarming

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practice immediately. And I joined

the Leader of the House in saying

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that this is the 21st world book

Day. We have lost three libraries.

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And please that we can all go at

three and read a book or recite a

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poem. I too want to try my Welsh and

apologies to everyone person here. A

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happy Saint David's day.

Excellent,

but the Honourable Lady and I are

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both determined to practice our

world today. My honourable friend

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who sat next to me is a Welsh

speaker and he says we both did OK.

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Thank you for that. So the

Honourable lady mentions

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Parliamentary sovereignty and

genuinely as I have always made

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clear in business question has

leader of the comments, I am

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absolutely fully respectful of the

sovereignty of Parliament. My role

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is as government spokesman here in

the chamber and does Parliament

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spokesman in government and I always

take very seriously the questions

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and requests that are made by the

honourable lady on behalf of

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opposition parties. I must say to

her however that it has been made

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very clear that we are moving to a

situation where we will have one

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budget each year and this statement

that is coming up is a spring

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statement, so it is a statement, it

is not a budget, it is not a debate.

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And therefore statements are

announcing the usual way, not

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announced during business question

with the future business of the

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House. Likewise, she asked whether

the PM will make a statement and

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again those business measures are

announcing the usual way. She asks

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about an opposition day. I have just

announced opposition days play for

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the DUP. Is the honourable lady

really saying that their opportunity

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to put forward matters that are of

interest to the DUP Clyde are not

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valid? The honourable lady does need

to recognise that there are

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different aspects around this

chamber, all of whom have very valid

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input to make and we want to share

out with fairness the opportunities

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to put forward new measures. She

asks about the customs bill and I

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can tell her that as with the EU

withdrawal bill, as with the Human

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Rights Act and many constitutional

bills in the past, there can be

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periods of time between different

second reading on a committee stage,

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and the honourable lady will

recognise that these are not delays,

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there are opportunities to consider

amendments, consider government

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policy, improve legislation, these

are not delays. And the honourable

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lady is just wrong to portray it as

a delay. And each of those bills

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will come forward in good time and I

am absolutely committed with my role

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of seeing through legislation to

ensure that all about Brexit

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legislation comes in good time. She

specifically mentions the honourable

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ladypoint of order and what I can

say to her as my right honourable

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friend said in committee, the motion

was brought forward an agreed by the

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committee to adjourn so that they

committee could debate a very

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significant amendment in a full

session. And I can talk the

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honourable lady that the committee

meeting started ten minutes ago and

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they are indeed taking forward that

very detailed amendment right now.

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So I think she should be reassured

by that. And finally she talks about

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private members bills. There are a

number of opposition and government

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private member's bills that have

been brought forward by members of

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the opposition and members of this

side of the House. We are delighted

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to be sporting them, there are no

delays, they're not stacking up.

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They're going through their

committee stages. When they receive

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the support of the House in the

usual way. So I am afraid I just do

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not accept what the legislation and

all the consideration of opposition

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days in the usual way.

Will my right

honourable friend find time for

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debate on the removal of diesel

particulate filters from vehicles

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without replacing them? It does

appear that there is a legal

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loophole whereby vehicles can be

modified to improve their

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performance whilst there is

absolutely no regard for the damage

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done to people's health?

My

honourable friend raises an

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incredibly important point. The

quality of care and people's health

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impacted by diesel particulates is

absolutely vital and we are

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determined to improve air quality.

DFT takes his particular point very

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seriously and has published guidance

on modifying vehicles and mission

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systems, modifying the vehicle in

the way he suggests is not in line

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with current legislation and the

Department has recently instructed

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officials to investigate creating a

specific offence for the removal of

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particulate filters. Yet Mr Speaker,

can I thank the Leader of the House

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for announcing the business of next

week. And here is my go. I hope I

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can impress our honourable member. I

also note all the daffodils in the

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chamber today and looking outside,

Mr Speaker, I think that is more the

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hope over experience as we face one

of the worst snowstorms with half a

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number of years. I suppose there are

only two items of business this week

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and that the beast from the east and

the Foreign Secretary. One is a

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white out delivering havoc and chaos

wherever it goes and the other is of

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course the beast from the East. I

wonder I could help the Foreign

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Secretary, we could maybe have

congestion charges and gently

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explain to the Foreign Secretary how

congestion charge loans are just a

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little bit different from

international borders and it's now

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24 hours since the Foreign Secretary

said he would publish this letter on

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an Irish hardboard. So when can we

expect to see it? Surely the office

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should be liberated and continue to

confound baffle the country. The and

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red warnings over almost all of

Scotland and large parts of the rest

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of the UK and advice not to travel,

hence why we are in such numbers.

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But I'm quite surprised that there

is no plan for statement planned by

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the government is this nation clings

to partial halt. Particular we have

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heard from the national grid saying

that there is a gas and deficit

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warning over fears that supplies

could run out. So before we all

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leave for today some of those leaves

today, could someone come from the

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government give a statement just

about what provisions plans and

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provisions are in place that Italy's

Wien encounter difficulties over the

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weekend. And lastly, where

devolution settlement remains under

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threat. Can we have a statement

about what progress has been made in

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resolving these issues and

critically what is being done to

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ensure that democracy is being

respected in every nation of this

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United Kingdom?

Welcome Mr Speaker,

and love that the honourable

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gentleman has clarified that the

reason for so many of his friends

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being here today is because of

inclement weather because I thought

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they were here to wind me up about

Calcutta Cup! But what I would like

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to say... What I would like to say

through gritted teeth is that whilst

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I have not seen Scotland play so

well frankly since the Hastings

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brothers, which was a very long time

ago, they played superbly and I am

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delighted that they are in part a

member of the home team being part

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of the great United Kingdom so I'd

much rather see Scotland beat has

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done France Peters, if I'm allowed

to say that in this place, Mr

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Speaker.

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I have a different perspective on

Boris. I think he often says things

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as they are and who says things in

an amusing way. He also makes a very

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good point that it is absolutely

clear that we will not have a hard

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border in Northern Ireland. It is

absolutely the case. We are

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committed to that. The Republic of

Ireland is committed to that and the

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European Union is committed to that.

He talks about contingency plans for

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severe weather, it is a very serious

issue. I hope I can reassure him,

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obviously, we have just had

transport questions and this is just

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come up from a number of honourable

members, transport departments,

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school closures, the NHS, all have

very carefully laid severe weather

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plans and I would just like to paid

tribute to those who are out there

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in the terrible weather trying to do

people out of snow drifts and so on.

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There are very good plans that are

available. If he has specific issues

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about his constituency or any of his

honourable friend's constituencies I

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will be very happy to raise them.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. Could we have

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a statement on the actions of the

West Essex... With a little

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forewarning of the closure. It has

caused misery for nearly 3000

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patients many of them elderly. Will

my honourable friend ask the health

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minister to write to West Essex ECG

and get them to restore this for

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residence.

The issues of surgeries

in our own constituencies is

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absolutely vital. Having looked into

this, I am told that the Department

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of Health and social care don't have

a record of my right honourable

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friend's letter and they do

apologise if this is due to any

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error on their part and they will

certainly write to him. We do

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recognise the importance of primary

care, we are investing in it to

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expand access and recruit an

additional 5000 GPs, as he knows, we

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would expect consultation and

engagement if NHS England would

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decide on services that would lead

to substantial reconfiguration.

I'm

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afraid to say that the beast from

the East has taken a number of

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victims and there are no trains

currently crossing the border on the

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east coast or West Coast Main line

to Scotland's. But I am afraid to

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say that when the beast from the

East meets storm Emma it will take

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further victims and one of those

victims will be the business of this

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House at the request of Welsh

members to settle a debate on Welsh

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affairs has been cancelled so they

can travel home safely. I do

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apologise to the right honourable

members from Wales. But that is

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understandable given the conditions.

Could I ask the Leader of the House,

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currently the Backbench Business

committee has only six members we

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are two down from the government's

side and given the fact that we have

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a core of four it makes life

extremely difficult for us. Could we

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ask that the government replaces its

members as soon as possible so we

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can continue operating. Lastly, can

I thank and congratulate staff from

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my own counsel, all staff are out

gritting and snow ploughing across

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the borough in really adverse

conditions. So, put on record my

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thanks to all of them?

First of all,

I'm sorry to hear that the

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businesses afternoon will be

disturbed. My honourable friend is

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slightly devastated because this was

his chance to shine as well.

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Nevertheless, completely

understandable. It is very difficult

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for people with their travel

arrangements. I do join him in

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congratulating all those people who

are out there gritting and trying to

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clear away smoke. Quite a number of

schoolchildren are out in villages

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clearing people's steps for them

which is fantastic to say. From the

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government's side I will certainly

see that we act on it so that the

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committee has its members.

We have a

debate on the non-levy

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apprenticeship tender.

Unfortunately, some very good

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colleges such as Stafford,

Newcastle-under-Lyme and shoes

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breach were not successful in this

tender and I have some very grave

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concerns over its operation.

I'm

very sorry to hear that I encourage

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you to seek an adjournment debate so

we can a point with ministers.

Mr

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Speaker, I am not Welsh but I have

two children born in Wales. So happy

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Saint Davids Day. Could I ask the

Members of the House and say in

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passing, congratulate her on

mentioning cancer charities today. I

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will be walking in a march, snow

permitting, on Sunday raising money

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for a cancer hospital. Can we have

an early statement on visitors and

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how we treat visitors to this House?

I think we are in danger of getting

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to the stage that one well-connected

people can come here without a

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member and book tables in our

restaurants. Yesterday, I had a

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large party who struggled down on a

coach, campaigning to keep

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Huddersfield Royal Infirmary open,

they had a blue Huddersfield colour

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strip saying hands off HRA. They

were told by police here to take

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them off or cover them because they

were party political before they

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could go up to the party room area.

If there is one rule for ordinary

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people and another for wealthy

people, we should look at is very

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seriously the.

It's not for the

leader to decide what people should

0:22:440:22:54

wear in the House. I'm just being

advised by the clerk.

I don't know

0:22:540:23:08

where to go with this. If the

honourable gentleman would like to

0:23:080:23:12

write to me on this, I will

certainly take it up with the

0:23:120:23:16

administration committee but what I

would say is that there has been

0:23:160:23:19

great steps from the House

commission and the honourable lady

0:23:190:23:23

opposite might also recall that we

did discuss the need to speed up

0:23:230:23:26

shoes for people to get into this

place and so on. So there are some

0:23:260:23:31

lengths gone to to try and ensure

that people's ease of access to this

0:23:310:23:35

place is as good as it can be. On

the specific point about what they

0:23:350:23:39

were wearing, I was not aware of

that and I will look into it if you

0:23:390:23:43

write to me.

Last Monday the

government approved the go-ahead for

0:23:430:23:51

Christchurch Council to be

amalgamated with other Dorset

0:23:510:23:53

councils. There was a referendum.

I'm not getting that in my

0:23:530:23:56

constituency. My constituency wants

a referendum to decide the future of

0:23:560:24:03

its council. We are being ignored

and democracy is being ignored.

0:24:030:24:07

Could we have a debate about the

protection of democracy in local

0:24:070:24:10

councils?

My honourable friend

raises an important issue about

0:24:100:24:15

local democracy. I am not aware of

the specific concern that he has

0:24:150:24:21

about his local council but I am

sure that if he wanted to take it up

0:24:210:24:27

with ministers they would be able to

address it.

Country sports and

0:24:270:24:35

shooting sports are worth 114

million pounds in the United

0:24:350:24:41

Kingdom. There is a need to

introduce it to a wider circle.

0:24:410:24:49

Would the Leader of the House agree

that it is just as good a way to

0:24:490:24:57

deliver food?

I completely agree

with the honourable gentleman that

0:24:570:25:02

game is delicious and very good for

you and just as cheap. I do

0:25:020:25:06

encourage him to raise that on

Thursday the 8th of March where he

0:25:060:25:13

can ask ministers is arguable doing

to expand the retail use.

Very

0:25:130:25:23

shortly the government will be

announcing the recipients for the

0:25:230:25:29

Northern cultural regeneration fund,

perhaps the Leader of the House will

0:25:290:25:32

find time for a debate on this

subject so we can explain why the

0:25:320:25:38

Odeon in Bradford will be such a

worthy recipient which would do a

0:25:380:25:42

huge amount to regenerate the city

of Bradford. If there is no time for

0:25:420:25:47

debate, perhaps you just and told

the relevant Minister to give the

0:25:470:25:51

money to the Odeon in Bradford and

let's be done with it.

Well, Mr

0:25:510:25:58

Speaker, if only I had such

influence. My honourable friend is a

0:25:580:26:02

great champion for his area and I do

encourage him to seek an adjournment

0:26:020:26:06

debate so he can make his pitch

direct.

The President of the

0:26:060:26:12

European Council said in a speech

this morning that the government's

0:26:120:26:15

red lines that they set themselves

on Europe are incompatible with

0:26:150:26:21

frictionless trade and a borderless

islands. Can we have a debate in

0:26:210:26:24

this House which we have not had yet

on the consequence of the elements's

0:26:240:26:29

red lines on Brexit negotiations.

The government's red lines that we

0:26:290:26:34

are leaving the European union in

2019 in line with the referendum. It

0:26:340:26:37

means we are leaving the customs

union and is European market and are

0:26:370:26:43

taking back control of our borders.

Everything is in negotiation, the

0:26:430:26:47

government has been clear that we

want to seek low friction trade, we

0:26:470:26:52

want is zero tariff barriers and

zero nontariff barriers wherever

0:26:520:26:56

possible. The Prime Minister is

going to make a speech tomorrow on

0:26:560:27:01

exactly are negotiating position at

the honourable gentleman must

0:27:010:27:04

realise that there are not hard and

fast answers at the moment. This is

0:27:040:27:07

a negotiation and what somebody from

the European Commission might have

0:27:070:27:13

said someone from the European

Council might have said does not

0:27:130:27:15

make it the fact.

Thank you, Mr

Speaker. Last week saw yet another

0:27:150:27:24

abuse of leaseholders in my

constituency. This time some flat

0:27:240:27:30

owners received bills of up to

£8,000 in ground rents. Can we have

0:27:300:27:35

a statement on important government

work on leases which is short review

0:27:350:27:39

periods?

I can tell my honourable

friend that I met with the Secretary

0:27:390:27:46

of State on that subject just this

week with my role in looking at

0:27:460:27:50

policy. He raises a very serious

matter and these are the sorts of

0:27:500:27:54

abuses need to be stopped. We are

committed to doing through our

0:27:540:28:00

programme of leasehold reforms. To

prevent the sale of new build

0:28:000:28:04

leasehold houses except where

necessary. Making certain that

0:28:040:28:07

ground rents on new long leases for

both houses and flats are set at

0:28:070:28:13

zero financial value. Working with

the Law Commission to support

0:28:130:28:16

existing leaseholders. And working

on extending a lease much easier and

0:28:160:28:21

cheaper.

Mr Speaker, hopefully I can

indulge the House on a personal

0:28:210:28:32

story. Last year I received will

warning on my home in Scotland, it

0:28:320:28:40

turns out that someone with my name

in England skipped a us fair. That

0:28:400:28:44

Alan Brown did not respond to any

correspondence so an additional fine

0:28:440:28:52

was levied in his absence. It was

passed to a private collection

0:28:520:28:57

company who decided they were just

target random people called Alan

0:28:570:29:02

Brown and they served an audit

myself in Scotland. The company

0:29:020:29:06

would not budge but I managed to get

them to cancel proceedings. But just

0:29:060:29:10

last week I got another notification

of a warrant on a property. Can we

0:29:100:29:17

debate in this House the English

courts system presuming innocence

0:29:170:29:28

before guilt and why the English

courts system are using private

0:29:280:29:32

companies to extract money from

people?

Maybe we should have a

0:29:320:29:36

debate about why so many people are

called Alan Brown. That is the

0:29:360:29:40

fundamental issue here. He raises a

serious point about the way that

0:29:400:29:45

some collection companies will just

pursue random people but also eschew

0:29:450:29:50

people to the point of doing serious

harm. He raises a very serious point

0:29:500:29:56

and to seek an adjournment debate on

this particular issue.

I can tell

0:29:560:30:03

the honourable member there are

always good lawyers available, even

0:30:030:30:05

at short notice. Mr Speaker, much of

the debate so far about the European

0:30:050:30:14

Commission's draft text has centred

upon Northern Ireland but hidden

0:30:140:30:21

away in one of the footnotes to that

text is a regrettably restatements

0:30:210:30:27

that Spain would have a veto on the

application of the transition and

0:30:270:30:34

final agreements to the overseas

British territory of Gibraltar. Can

0:30:340:30:37

we have an early or immediate

statement from the Leader of the

0:30:370:30:43

House that Her Majesty's government

believes that such a scenario is

0:30:430:30:50

wholly unacceptable and Britain will

never agree to any arrangement that

0:30:500:30:54

excludes Gibraltar from being

treated exactly the same as the rest

0:30:540:30:57

of the UK

0:30:570:31:00

treated exactly the same as the rest

of the UK?

I hope I can give my

0:31:000:31:04

honourable friend the assurance that

Gibraltar's interest will be

0:31:040:31:09

protected as will every other part

of the United Kingdom. He raises an

0:31:090:31:13

important point. He will be aware

that the Prime Minister is making a

0:31:130:31:16

key speech tomorrow and I will

certainly make sure that I pass on

0:31:160:31:19

his comments.

0:31:190:31:26

Those well subscribed first debate I

keen that we progress. Questions are

0:31:270:31:31

long so it would be good if they

could be shorter.

Can I just start

0:31:310:31:36

by saying how pleased I was the

leader mentioned the trust and the

0:31:360:31:40

fact that this is the month of

ovarian cancer awareness. That's

0:31:400:31:45

very important that we mark that and

remember it. I wanted to raise with

0:31:450:31:50

the Leader of the House that there

is a broad consensus that faster

0:31:500:31:54

connectivity between East and West

is vital for the northern

0:31:540:31:58

powerhouse. However in May we have a

revised timetable trans-Pennine that

0:31:580:32:03

will result in slower journeys from

Hull. Whole and the Humber Chamber

0:32:030:32:08

of Commerce have tried to meet with

trans-Pennine to discuss this but

0:32:080:32:12

have not been able to get very far

and I'm sure the leader would say

0:32:120:32:16

that it is important that meeting

would go ahead but at the same time

0:32:160:32:19

could we have a debate in the House

of Commons about the fact it's not

0:32:190:32:24

just south north collectivity that

is important but East West

0:32:240:32:27

connectivity as well.

I certainly

agree with the honourable lady that

0:32:270:32:34

that East West connectivity is

vital. I hope she was able to attend

0:32:340:32:38

transport questions because this

would be a question very directly

0:32:380:32:43

answerable by Ministers there. We

are delivering unprecedented

0:32:430:32:47

investment in better transport

across the North. Over £13 billion

0:32:470:32:51

which is the largest in government

history. But as to the specific

0:32:510:32:55

point she raises, I do encourage her

to take that up directly with

0:32:550:32:59

transport Ministers.

Next week is

national apprenticeship week. Please

0:32:590:33:04

could we have a debate is the

highlight the opportunities

0:33:040:33:07

available for people starting an

apprenticeship. I'm aware that the

0:33:070:33:11

best advocates for an apprenticeship

are apprentices but if we can have a

0:33:110:33:15

debate and do our best to fill the

gap.

I completely agree with my

0:33:150:33:21

honourable friend that apprentices

are a fantastic opportunity for

0:33:210:33:25

young people. I can say that in my

seven years as an MP I've had seven

0:33:250:33:31

apprentices from my own schools in

my constituency and I thoroughly

0:33:310:33:34

commend that to all members in this

place that it has been brilliant for

0:33:340:33:38

me and those individuals. A really

worthwhile experience. We now do

0:33:380:33:43

have more than 3 million apprentices

start since 2010. It is something

0:33:430:33:48

the government is committed to is a

very good choice for young people

0:33:480:33:51

and I encourage my honourable friend

to seek a backbench business debate

0:33:510:33:55

on this subject because I'm sure a

lot of members would want to talk

0:33:550:33:59

about their own experiences.

Given

employment law can I have a

0:33:590:34:06

statement on employment law... To

remain at work to come into work

0:34:060:34:11

when there is a red weather warning.

I read reports in Scotland of

0:34:110:34:15

employers refusing to release staff

went public transport is not

0:34:150:34:19

available. Does she give as

acceptable?

Clearly all employers,

0:34:190:34:26

public sector and private sector

should take very careful heed of

0:34:260:34:29

severe weather warnings and

particularly the red warnings that

0:34:290:34:32

we have seen across some parts of

the United Kingdom. I absolutely

0:34:320:34:35

encourage the honourable gentleman

to urge employers in his

0:34:350:34:40

constituency to listen to those

warnings and release people where

0:34:400:34:43

necessary.

Was reported in the local

press in the Scottish Borders that

0:34:430:34:52

transport transport Scotland

study... Was not going to be viable.

0:34:520:34:58

If this is the case it is going to

be bad news for my constituency and

0:34:580:35:02

indeed those in Cumbria. Given their

bringing the railway to Carlisle is

0:35:020:35:07

going to involve investment from the

UK Government can I ask for a debate

0:35:070:35:11

on the benefits of extending the

Borders railway to Carlisle?

My

0:35:110:35:16

honourable friend is a great

champion for his constituency and

0:35:160:35:20

what I can say to him is that the UK

Government is committed to working

0:35:200:35:24

with the Scottish Government to

drive forward the cross-border

0:35:240:35:34

borderland steel and we do hope to

agree a deal later this year which

0:35:340:35:37

will see significant investment to

transform the local economies within

0:35:370:35:39

the borderlands area and I know that

funding for a study for reopening

0:35:390:35:41

the line that he mentions is being

sought as part of this proposition.

0:35:410:35:47

It has been one hell of a week

particularly for my little sister. A

0:35:470:35:53

week last Saturday my sister broke

her neck. She was in Blackburn

0:35:530:35:57

Hospital for three days until was a

bad free for her at Preston Hospital

0:35:570:36:00

where they could operate. Thankfully

the operation went well. Me, my

0:36:000:36:05

sister and all of my family are so

grateful to all the hard-working

0:36:050:36:10

doctors, nurses and all of the staff

in the NHS. One thing that I noticed

0:36:100:36:16

is all the extra hours before and

after their shift that the doctors

0:36:160:36:24

and nurses were doing. Can we have a

debate on the extra hours done by

0:36:240:36:27

our public sector workers?

Can I say

first wishing her sister the very

0:36:270:36:30

best for a speedy recovery and that

must've been a real shock to all of

0:36:300:36:34

her family. So I think we'd all like

to pass on our very best wishes. I'd

0:36:340:36:38

also secondly a enormous gratitude

and respect to all those who work so

0:36:380:36:45

hard in the national Health Service.

It is amazing what they achieve and

0:36:450:36:49

the commitment that is shown by

workers in the national Health

0:36:490:36:53

Service. We do have many

opportunities for debate on the NHS

0:36:530:36:56

in this chamber and we have held

many such debates and what I can say

0:36:560:37:01

to the honourable lady is that there

is nearly 15,000 more doctors and

0:37:010:37:06

over 14,000 more nurses on our wards

since 2010. There is much more to

0:37:060:37:10

do. We are undertaking one of the

ever in the NHS to start training

0:37:100:37:19

more doctors and nurses. The biggest

training programme in our history.

0:37:190:37:21

We do want to alleviate some of the

pressures but I'd like to pay

0:37:210:37:25

tribute to the excellent work they

do.

Today is the commemoration of

0:37:250:37:31

celebration of the delivery of the

Jewish people from the evil Persian

0:37:310:37:35

king. It is also holding the first

day of spring celebrated by Hindus,

0:37:350:37:44

Sikhs, James and Buddhists

worldwide. Both these festivals

0:37:440:37:48

celebrate the triumph of good over

evil so will my right honourable

0:37:480:37:51

friend join me in wishing

everybody...

Well I'm grateful to my

0:37:510:37:58

honourable friend from raising both

of those celebrations am delighted

0:37:580:38:03

to join with him in congratulating

all those wishing a very happy

0:38:030:38:06

period of time.

Happy Saint Davids

Day. Congratulations to the leader

0:38:060:38:17

in the shadow leader and the SNP

Leader of the House for using the

0:38:170:38:21

Welsh language. Which we were

allowed historically to use recently

0:38:210:38:25

in the Welsh grand committee in this

House and I was pleased to make a

0:38:250:38:28

speech in the Welsh language. Has

the leader considered whether that

0:38:280:38:31

very welcome extension could be

extended into the chamber now that

0:38:310:38:37

technology makes it perfectly

possible to have a freewheeling

0:38:370:38:41

House of common style debate using

translation equipment?

The

0:38:410:38:46

honourable gentleman makes an

interesting suggestion and I'm happy

0:38:460:38:49

to discuss with him further.

I'm

very grateful because I've had

0:38:490:38:56

constituents in contact with me

overnight very concerned about the

0:38:560:38:59

fact that Northamptonshire County

Council seem to be closing libraries

0:38:590:39:04

apart from one day a week and this

has happened without any

0:39:040:39:07

consultation with the public and I

surprised because this is in this

0:39:070:39:11

year's budget, not in the budget

that's been so well talked about a

0:39:110:39:14

year ahead in the media. Could we

have an urgent statement on this

0:39:140:39:17

because people in Northamptonshire

are very concerned about what has

0:39:170:39:22

happened?

My honourable friend

raises an issue that is a very

0:39:220:39:26

important to both his and my

constituencies and there are seven

0:39:260:39:30

members of Parliament in

Northamptonshire who are concerned

0:39:300:39:32

about cuts to services. I was not

aware of the particular closures

0:39:320:39:37

that he mentions that but I'm very

happy to take that up directly with

0:39:370:39:40

Ministers on his behalf.

Three weeks

today we will see the sad

0:39:400:39:49

anniversary of the tragic attack on

Westminster. Where five people were

0:39:490:39:54

killed on Westminster Bridge and

then of course the death of PC Keith

0:39:540:39:58

Palmer. With the leader please give

the House today some idea of what

0:39:580:40:04

plans there are to mark the

occasion? And would she indeed, I

0:40:040:40:09

regret that she could, support my

early day motion which is calling on

0:40:090:40:13

the renaming of carriage Gates and

new Palace Yard the Palmer Gates.

0:40:130:40:20

The honourable gentleman is quite

right to raise the upcoming

0:40:200:40:26

anniversary of those awful offence

on March the 22nd. I can tell him

0:40:260:40:30

that there will be commemorations in

this place and that House staff are

0:40:300:40:34

looking into the detail of that at

the moment and announcements will be

0:40:340:40:38

made as soon as possible. As to his

specific point about renaming

0:40:380:40:42

carriage Gates, he might like to

write to me or possibly to you, Mr

0:40:420:40:46

Speaker, to look into this further.

I welcome the leader's comments on

0:40:460:40:54

the Calcutta Cup. I thoroughly

enjoyed my day. Yesterday was rare

0:40:540:41:04

diseases date. Which stressed the

importance of research and finding a

0:41:040:41:10

cure for rare diseases of which they

were up to 7000. I've been working

0:41:100:41:13

with the Scottish Huntington's

Association and comes a constituent

0:41:130:41:20

who was diagnosed with the 216. We

have a debate to mark rare diseases

0:41:200:41:25

they on the importance of sustaining

0:41:250:41:29

research cooperation particularly

after Brexit?

He's absolutely right

0:41:290:41:34

to raise the importance of continued

investment in research into rare

0:41:340:41:39

diseases. Those who suffer from

them, part of their frustration I'm

0:41:390:41:43

sure it's because of the lack of

funding because they are rare. Try

0:41:430:41:48

doing courage to seek an adjournment

debate or a backbench debate. I

0:41:480:41:52

would however just like to say

whilst I congratulate Scotland for

0:41:520:41:57

winning the Calcutta Cup, it was

through gritted teeth!

Is to speak,

0:41:570:42:02

20 years ago building on the work

done by John Major, Tony Blair's

0:42:020:42:10

Labour government was involved in

intensive negotiations in Castle

0:42:100:42:13

buildings in Belfast and I was there

as the PBS in the Northern Ireland

0:42:130:42:17

Office. And that led to the Good

Friday Agreement the Good Friday

0:42:170:42:23

Agreement anniversary is

unfortunately during the recess so

0:42:230:42:26

can we have a long debate before the

House goes down for Easter, where we

0:42:260:42:35

can discuss the implications of the

threat to the Good Friday Agreement

0:42:350:42:41

from the DUP, who were demonstrating

outside when we got the agreement.

0:42:410:42:45

And E R G Brexit coalition which we

now have running this country?

Well,

0:42:450:42:54

I completely sure the honourable

gentleman that the government is

0:42:540:42:57

fully committed to the Good Friday

Agreement and there is nothing that

0:42:570:43:04

is in anyway considered that would

do any damage to the Good Friday

0:43:040:43:09

Agreement. But I would like to just

gently suggest that those who try to

0:43:090:43:14

suggest the government is in some

way not committed simply because we

0:43:140:43:17

are leaving the EU, that is entirely

untrue and dangerous talk.

And shove

0:43:170:43:26

them in Leader of the House will

agree with me it is time a debate

0:43:260:43:31

about our industrial shipping

heritage. In right icon such as the

0:43:310:43:37

Royal yacht Tanya and not import in

Berkshire and it is up to volunteers

0:43:370:43:46

who are remaking the ship that our

industrial shipping heritage once

0:43:460:43:49

again set sail on the loch. I'm sure

it is the leader will congratulate

0:43:490:43:57

them on the work.

He mentioned some

very famous ships and I'm sure I can

0:43:570:44:03

absolutely enjoyed congratulating

him on that fine heritage in his

0:44:030:44:06

constituency. And I do encourage him

to seek perhaps a backbench debate

0:44:060:44:10

for all those with shipping

interests in their constituencies to

0:44:100:44:13

come together and celebrate that

proud heritage.

Could in light of

0:44:130:44:19

the figures that we have today from

the fire Brigades union today, can

0:44:190:44:24

we have an urgent debate on the

funding of the Fire Service which

0:44:240:44:27

has lost hundreds of millions in

terms of grants. In my own

0:44:270:44:31

constituency in Nottinghamshire over

the next few years they will lose

0:44:310:44:34

15% of grants from 2.8 million. It

is not acceptable, not good enough

0:44:340:44:39

mini to have a debate about it.

I

would say the fire brigade do a

0:44:390:44:46

fantastic job, we have heard of some

horrendous fires in recent months

0:44:460:44:50

and of course the appalling Grunfeld

is asked the Fire Brigades really

0:44:500:44:54

came into their own did an

incredible job for us -- Grenfell

0:44:540:44:59

Tower disaster. Thankfully the

number of tax Willey fires reducing

0:44:590:45:05

the number of fire officers is

therefore changing and adapting and

0:45:050:45:11

I do encourage him to seek and a

debates we can talk about specific

0:45:110:45:15

issues for his constituency but

overall I think the Fire Brigades

0:45:150:45:18

deserve our respect and gratitude

but also recognition that their role

0:45:180:45:22

is changing.

Yesterday

Gloucestershire NHS Trust decided to

0:45:220:45:30

set up a subsidiary company, that

was confirmed today. I appreciate

0:45:300:45:34

there is a half-hour debate next

week on this subject but will the

0:45:340:45:37

leader push for a longer debate, a

debate that looks particularly at

0:45:370:45:43

public accountability given the

level of opposition to this decision

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and the reason that even MPs were

cut out of any attempt to be able to

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make representations? Will she

organises the back?

Well, as the

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honourable gentleman pointer

himself, there is a debate on this

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next Tuesday and I'm sure he will

want to take that up there. I think

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what he's referring to is the

decision made by some trusts to

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bring together different aspects of

care in order to give a better

0:46:130:46:17

service to patients and I think we

should all embrace the possibility

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of better wraparound care but

nevertheless if he has specific

0:46:220:46:25

concerns you should raise

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We all want to pay tribute to public

sector workers who have struggled

0:46:310:46:35

working in this severe weather to

keep vital services running. Can we

0:46:350:46:40

have a statement on our preparedness

for this weather? In all the years

0:46:400:46:44

that I have been alive I recall that

we have winter and we do have severe

0:46:440:46:49

episodes of winter. But countries

seem to cope with this that have

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this sort of weather on a regular

basis, we seem to fall over quite

0:46:520:46:57

easily. Can we have a statement on

our resilience at this time? To

0:46:570:47:01

learn lessons about what has

happened this year to hope that we

0:47:010:47:06

can keep our trains running a bit

better as that people are not left

0:47:060:47:11

at cold stations had no information

about what is going on?

The

0:47:110:47:15

honourable gentleman raises an

important point. Obviously we want

0:47:150:47:19

to minimise disruption and it is

frustrating for people when trains

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are cancelled or schools are closed

and so on. Equally, he will

0:47:210:47:26

recognise that there are some

exceptional weather events going on

0:47:260:47:29

at the moment. Whitehall's

department do have very clear plans

0:47:290:47:34

for destructive weather and we have

heard today some of the excellent

0:47:340:47:38

operations to try and dig people out

of snowdrifts and make sure trains

0:47:380:47:43

can run and someone. But events are

learned from each event and we will

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try and do better.

Can we have a

statement from the Home Office

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regarding resources for immigration

and the correspondence unit? All

0:47:570:48:03

parties in Scotland have certainly

found that recently the resources

0:48:030:48:06

are not there? We have some very

vulnerable constituents who fled

0:48:060:48:13

war, violence, who cannot get them.

The honourable gentleman often

0:48:130:48:23

raises issues around the Home Office

and he is absolutely right to do so.

0:48:230:48:27

There are member's helpline so that

there can be fast tracks concerns

0:48:270:48:33

raised by members of Parliament. If

he has a specific issues than I do

0:48:330:48:36

encourage him to write to the Home

Office ministers or if he wants to

0:48:360:48:40

write to me I will take it up on his

behalf.

My constituents are finding

0:48:400:48:44

it ever more difficult to have

access to local dentists. Can we

0:48:440:48:48

have a statement from the government

to access from the provision of

0:48:480:48:54

dentists to areas like Scunthorpe?

Of course, we know that the industry

0:48:540:49:00

is absolutely vital and we also know

that tooth decay is becoming an

0:49:000:49:05

increasing problem is unfortunately

there is too much sugar being

0:49:050:49:08

eating, let's be honest. So the

honourable gentleman is exactly

0:49:080:49:12

right to raise that but as far as

the specific situation in his

0:49:120:49:19

constituency, I recommend that he

seeks an adjournment debate.

The

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Civil Nuclear Constabulary should be

able to retire with the rest of the

0:49:240:49:28

police force. My understanding is

that part of the government is in

0:49:280:49:35

agreement with this but part of it

is not. Can we have an urgent

0:49:350:49:39

statement about whether there is

going to be an equality in

0:49:390:49:41

retirement age?

Well, the honourable

gentleman raises a very important

0:49:410:49:47

point around equality of retirement

ages. As he will know, the

0:49:470:49:53

government has taken great steps to

try and ensure equality of

0:49:530:49:57

retirement and it continues to do so

right across the public sector

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wherever we can. As to his specific

points, if he would wish to raise

0:50:000:50:06

that the ripple of ministers or

through my office, if you would like

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to do so.

Mr Speaker, sorrowfully

inconsistent for blogging but it has

0:50:080:50:15

just been announced that the

Scottish Conservative conference

0:50:150:50:18

this weekend has been announced that

it is cancelled. Although many

0:50:180:50:25

people are going home and spending

their day at home lots of people are

0:50:250:50:28

continuing to go into work with very

difficult conditions. Will the

0:50:280:50:33

Leader of the House join me in

commending emergency service workers

0:50:330:50:38

right across the United Kingdom?

I'm

very happy to do that, Mr Speaker.

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It is amazing is the efforts some

people go to to give others say. I

0:50:430:50:48

include the emergency services and

many councils but across the United

0:50:480:50:52

Kingdom who are out there gritting

and sweeping away Snow sooner we can

0:50:520:50:56

all get home.

I hope this is not

another sign of Russian interference

0:50:560:51:02

in Scottish politics with the beast

from the East! I wonder if the

0:51:020:51:06

Leader of the House can tell us when

a minister will next come to the

0:51:060:51:09

House to explain if anything what

the government is doing to support

0:51:090:51:13

the striking university lecturers.

Striking constituents in Glasgow

0:51:130:51:22

University want to see progress so

that they can get back to teaching

0:51:220:51:25

their students. What pressure will

the government make sure that

0:51:250:51:29

lecturer pensions are protected?

As

the honourable gentleman will know,

0:51:290:51:36

it is for universities to resolve

this crisis and ministers are

0:51:360:51:41

working hard to try and ensure that

all sides come to the table but I

0:51:410:51:44

have to say that having an eldest

child who is graduating this year,

0:51:440:51:49

who is at the brunt of having no

lecturers, no input and no tuition

0:51:490:51:54

and no face time, it is extremely

difficult for the students were done

0:51:540:51:57

nothing wrong and who are paid for

their education to be faced with

0:51:570:52:01

having no input in what is a crucial

time for many of them. I would

0:52:010:52:06

personally urge lecturers not to

punish students for this dispute.

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