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expected to be on the 23 rd February. Over now live to the House

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of Commons. THE SPEAKER: Order. Order Mr

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Nicholas Brown. Mr Speaker, I beg to move that you

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do issue your warrant to the clerk of the Crown to make out a new writ

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for the electing of a member to serve in this present Parliament for

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the county constituency of Copeland in the room of jameson Ronald Reid,

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who since his election for the said county constituency has been

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appointed to the office of steward and bailiff of Her Majesty's manner

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of north stead in the county of York.

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THE SPEAKER: The question is that I do issue my warrant to the clerk of

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the Crown to make out a new writ for the electing of a member to serve in

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the present Parliament for the county constituency of Copeland in

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the room of Jameson Ronald Reid who since his election for the said

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county constituency has been appointed to the office of steward

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and bailiff of Her Majesty's manner of north stead in the county of

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York. As many of that opinion say aye. To the contrary no. The ayes

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have it. Order. Order. I beg to move that Mr Speaker do issue his warrant

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to the clerk of the Crown to make out a new writ for the electing a

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member to serve in this present Parliament for the borough

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constituency of Stoke-on-Trent central in the room of Mr Trace

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Troon Julian William hunt who since his election for the said borough

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constituency has been appointed to the office of steward and bailiff of

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her Her Majesty's three Chiltern hundreds of Stoke, desborough and

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Burnham in the county of Buckingham. THE SPEAKER: The question is I do

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issue my warrant to the clerk of the Crown to make out a new writ for the

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electing a member to serve in the current parlt for Stoke-on-Trent

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central in the room of trace tram Julian William Hunt, who since the

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election for said borough constituency has been appointed to

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the office of steward and bailiff of her Her Majesty's county of

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Buckingham. As many are of that opinion say aye. To the contrary no.

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The ayes have it. Order. LAUGHTER

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THE SPEAKER: Order. Questions to the Secretary of State for the home

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department. Number one, Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, with permission I will

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take this question with numbers ten and 11 together. Immigration remains

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a reserved matter. We will consider the needs of the UK as a whole,

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applying different immigration rules to different parts of the UK would

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complicate the immigration system, harming its integrity and cause

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difficulties for employers who need the flexibility to deploy their

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staff over the UK. Mr Speaker that is a very disappointing response

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infused with both arrogance and complacency. There are large

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countries such as Canada and Australia which have regional

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variations in their immigration and visa policies to take account of

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diverse and complicated economic circumstances. Is it not foolhardy

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for this Government to rule out the prospect of doing that in the

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regions and nations of the United Kingdom? I'm sure the honourable

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gentleman shares my view that any changes to any policy should be

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informed by the facts and by assessments, which is why we

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consulted the migration advisory council to look at regional issues.

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They were unequivocal in their conclusions. I urge the honourable

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gentleman to take a look at that report. Doesn't the Secretary of

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State understand that Scotland needs more immigrants, so given that, why

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doesn't she give us the power to choose our own targets for our own

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needs, for our own countries? The honourable gentleman must share my

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view, surely, that Scotland has a sufficient powers, has its own

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powers to do many things it could do, perhaps to improve its education

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system, perhaps to improve its health system, but immigrants will

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come to a place where they see an improving education and improving

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Health Service. Perhaps the SNP should spend more time applying

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itself to those issues rather than constitutional ones. We were told

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during the referendum campaign that Scotland should have control over

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immigration. Now we've already been told that leavinglet EU is meant to

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be clear in what it means. Why is it she can keep commitments that will

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cost us jobs but not one that might create some jobs? I'm afraid I don't

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share the honourable gentleman's views about the outcome of the

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referendum. The fact is we have an immigration policy that works for

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the whole of the United Kingdom and that's the one we will continue to

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support. I repeat my comments to him as I said to his colleague, I would

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urge the SNP to apply themselves to making Scotland an attractive place

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for immigrants to go to. Does my right honourable friend agree while

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it's right we seek to take account of labour market kerbs and

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demographic -- concerns and demographic differences, any

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immigration policies for Scotland or Wales would risk creating softer

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alternative entry points for the rest of the UK. Of course my right

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honourable friend puts it so well. Any immigration policy will take

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into account needs driven by industry, driven by our skills. It

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won't be regionally based. The fact is people like to be able to move

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around. It is right they should be able to do so.

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During the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, steps were taken at

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the border there to ensure that Commonwealth citizens visiting the

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UK could easily transit our borders. Would the secretary look at that to

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all borders in the UK. I share my honourable friend's view about how

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important the Commonwealth is to the UK. I will certainly take under

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consideration his suggestion. Can I urge the Home Secretary to make sure

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there is consistency of border security and immigration policies

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across the United Kingdom, can she tell the House what conversations

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have been had with EuroStar and border force to put an end to the

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Lille loophole? We cannot have a situation where profits are put

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before protection. I thank my honourable friend for raising that

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issue. It is a very serious matter. We are taking forward immediately

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actions this week tone sure that it doesn't happen and we'll be having

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conversations with both to ensure certainty going forward.

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Can I remind the Home Secretary that it is the right honourable member

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for Surrey Heath who said during the EU referendum campaign that

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migration should be devolved to Scotland. A starting point might be

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to allow EU nationals residing in Scotland to stay. Last week, the

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committee for exiting the European Union heard evidence from witnessing

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representing both EU nationals living in the UK and witnesses

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representing British citizens living elsewhere in the European Union.

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Every single one of them said that it's their desire for the British

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Government to make a unilateral declaration of continued rights of

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EU citizens in the UK. Will she now persuade the Prime Minister to do

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that? Well, I would like to remind the right honourable lady that

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nothing has changed. We are still in the European Union. Those citizens

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still have the same rights. In terms of their ongoing rights, the Prime

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Minister was very clear last week when she made her speech. She said

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it was going to be an early priority to give them the security they seek.

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I would just urge all colleagues here to reassure their constituents

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that is our intention. We need to make sure it's reciprocal for UK

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citizens as well. ( Across Scotland in common with other parts of the UK

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there are applications to remain. Like a Spanish constituent who is

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dismayed at having been rejected because they can't prove either five

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years continuous service with the same employer or having paid in for

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private health insurance. Can the Home Secretary readvise the the

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rigid erequirements who penalise EU nationals like her who have been

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home makers or students on short-term contracts or

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self-employed and end this bureaucratic nightmare. There is no

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penalising of people like the lady who the honourable lady was

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referring to. We continue to value the important contribution that EU

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nationals make to this country. I would repeat and I would urge the

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honourable lady to follow the advice that I previously set out which is

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to reassure constituents like the one she referred to that in fact we

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are doing our best to ensure that their future will be secure and the

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Prime Minister says it will be an early priority to do so. Question

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number two, Mr Speaker. Thank you, Mr Speaker. With permission I will

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answer questions two and five on the order paper together. The Government

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remains committed to reforming the current police funding arrangements

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to ensure fairer, more up to date and transparent formula. We are

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currently undertaking a period of detailed engage the with the

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policing sector and indeed rerabbit experts including academics. Any new

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formula will be subject to public consultation.

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I thank the minister for that response much the current formula

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for allocating funding to police forces uses data which is 14 years

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old. Does the minister agree it's time to update this formula My

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honourable friend makes a very good point, which I know he's lobbied on

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behalf of his authority for and have spoken to the PCC for Essex as well.

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It is true it is out of date. That's why it was in the manifesto to

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deliver a fairer funding review. Derbyshire Police force is also

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disadvantaged by the current formula. When can they expect the

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fair level of funding they deserve? I would say to my honourable friend,

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obviously, Derbyshire will get an increase in funding this year. I

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appreciate having spoke ton himself and colleagues who have spoken to on

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behalf of Derbyshire there is a feeling that the formula at the

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moment is not fairly weighted to a number of areas across the country,

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that's why it's important to go through this. I'm not going to give

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a time scale. We want to go through this in a methodical way. I'm

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confident we will get to the right position to have a clear and fair

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and transparent formula in good time. (

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Would the Minister accept the current proposed settlement is below

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the level of inflation and, therefore, the cost is going to fall

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on local taxpayers, so in my area, is 3.8% rise will happen? Is that

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not just a transfer from central government to local government? I

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would say that the government has put in a flat cash funding

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protection for police funding over this spending review. That is a good

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thing to do, but it is also a result of the fact we inherited a terrible

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economic legacy from the previous Labour government who spent money

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the country did not have and we have two nature of this country lives

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within its means. That is an appropriate and sensible thing to

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do. Members of the party opposite should look at that in the future.

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We will debt of gratitude to the office of Police and Crime

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Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall for having discovered the mistake

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that led to the pausing of the review. That was 15 months ago.

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There is really no excuse for such a delay. The minister inherited this

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problem, but can we please have timetable so local police forces can

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know when they can get their funding? I am as keen as he clearly

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is to see the new funding formula review completed so he can get it

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into place. It is important that we do this correctly, that we work with

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the sector. I want to thank everybody across the sector, PCC 's

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and Chief constables, who have given me feedback, I made them regularly,

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they are happy with the process and the timescale you're working on and

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I won't rush. We need to get it right. Northamptonshire Police are

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leading the way in combining the delivery of front line services

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together with the local fire brigade. Will the police minister

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ensure that forces which are undertaking such a radical new

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initiatives to improve local efficiency are rewarded through the

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new funding formula? My honourable friend Alex and important point that

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emergency services following the policing and crime Bill will have

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that opportunity to collaborate and a duty to collaborate and bring

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together police and fire gives an opportunity for rewards in terms of

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savings by working together work collaboratively to deliver a better

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front line. Northamptonshire has been a leading light in this over

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the past few years. The Scottish police authority is the only

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territorial police authority in the United Kingdom which is unable to

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recover the VAT it pays. This has cost the Scottish public purse ?75

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million since 2013 and has consequences for investment and

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resourcing. The First Minister and the finance secretary raised the

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issue with the Chancellor this month, can the Minister confirm what

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discussions he has had with the Chancellor about this important

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issue? In terms of what we are doing around police funding, there are

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regular conversations between me and the Treasury. I am happy to feed

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back with more detail once we have had our next round of conversations.

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Whichever way you cut it, the cute is just too small. More than 20,000

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police officers cut since 2010 and now we know from the ONS that crime

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is twice as high as the government says. When will the Minister

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recognised that the combination of high crime and low police numbers

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leaves the public at risk? Well, I would just respectfully say to the

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honourable lady, she will want a clear and transparent set of

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figures. What she has said is not accurate at all. The reality is the

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ONS has, for the first time, included cybercrime in its figures

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with fraud. Cybercrime and fraud is an area that has been recorded for

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the first time. It is not true to say the figures are double. I am sad

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that the Labour Party, when in government, never give these

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figures. It is right. I would also congratulate them for recording more

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crime. The honourable lady does not have to give us an imitation of

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Bruce Forsyth. She has asked a question and should with a reply. I

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think people can see those ONS figures and see the reality. It is

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also clear, and I am proud of the fact to be part of the government

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which has seen a fall in crime since 2010. The resort area of Cleveland

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has suffered a spate of vandalism and anti-social behaviour in recent

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weeks. Can the Minister assure me that adequate resources will be

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provided to Humberside Police and other forces to do with this sort of

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anti-social behaviour? My honourable friend raises an important point

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about making sure we have local accountability through the Police

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and Crime Commissioner is to look at where the crime is in areas, where

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they focus resources, work with excellent chief constables around

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the country and have a fairer funding formula that has principles

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agreed across the sector that will contribute to making that more

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fairer in the future. Number three, Mr Speaker. Ministers recently

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sought views from a public consultation on whether proceedings

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of part two of the live is an enquiry was proportionate,

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appropriate and in the public interest. Interested parties could

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make clear their views which will help inform the decision by the

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Culture Secretary and Home Secretary. Sur le Gutsul will be

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consulted before a decision is taken. I thank the Minister for that

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question, which bore no relation to the question I asked the sub 30

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public officials have gone to prison as a result of the love is an

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enquiry. How can it be appropriate to even consider cancelling Levinson

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to which would look at the question of police corruption and the role of

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politicians in not? The question for no summons to the answer I gave

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earlier. It is clear, the reason we are having a consultation on the

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love is an enquiry is to make sure we get this right. Journalists have

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broken their lot with sickness incredibly seriously and that is why

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the honourable lady will be pleased to hear that of the recommendations

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by Sir Brian Levenson covering police and press, all of those

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recommendations are underway to being in fermented. When the

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concentration complete on January and after a pending court case, the

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government will make its position clear. The entire house knows the

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Levinson enquiry was always meant to have two parts. The government seems

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poised to break a promise, hiding behind a completely gratuitous

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enquiry. The whole house knows about cases like Millie Dowler and also

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the totally innocent is different Jeffries in Bristol this photo was

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plastered all over the tabloids as a murder suspect as a consequence of

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collusion between the police and the media. Why cannot the Minister see

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that it would be nothing less than a betrayal of the victims of phone

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hacking, like Millie Dowler and Christopher Jeffries, if this

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government blocks the second half of Levinson? The honourable lady will

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know the consultation finished on the 10th of January. There was

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140,000 responses to this consultation. I don't know about the

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honourable lady, but it takes time to go through those 140,000. We also

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have to deal with the current court case that would make it harder for

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us to respond to this consultation until that hearing is complete. Once

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it is complete I assured the honourable lady we will be happy to

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meet with and discuss further the recommendations. Question number

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four, Mr Speaker. The resettlement programme is on track to deliver the

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commitment to resettle 20,000 vulnerable Syrians during this

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Parliament. The of October 2015 and the end of September 2016 4162

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people had been resettled under the Syrian honourable person's

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resettlement scheme across 175 local authorities. My constituents have

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been deeply moved by the refugee crisis and have asked me what they

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can do to help. I welcomed the launch of the community sponsorship

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scheme accepted my honourable friend update the House and the progress of

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this scheme and what he is doing to harness the generosity of the

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British people? The community-based sponsorship scheme was launched in

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July 20 16. The scheme put in the Prime Minister is Home Secretary to

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develop a scheme to allow individuals, charities, faith

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groups, churches and businesses to support those refugees. My

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honourable friend's constituents are part of that generous giving,

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wanting to help some vulnerable people. They help refugees in the UK

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web page has been developed to make any member of the public to support

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refugees in the UK and allow local authorities to focus support and the

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goods and services refugees need. Those granted refugee status from

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Syria can apply for immediate family members to join them here. Since the

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Home Office stopped funding DNA tests for such relatives, refusals

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from many countries have shot up. But what good will the Home Office

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review on this matter have been completed and published? The

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honourable gentleman makes some valid points. I will come back to

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you with the exact details of the timescale and, to help inform them

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of refugees further than just Syria is well on that scheme. Would the

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honourable member like to congratulate councils like Kingston

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Council who have come forward to host vulnerable Syrian refugees and

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families he have done so and explain that it is still the case that

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individual housing is required, rather than joining a family in an

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existing house because lots of these people are victims of terrible

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atrocities? The honourable member makes an important point. It is

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important for this scheme to work that people come forward and many

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local authorities and the Scottish Government have been incredibly

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generous in offering and holding out the hand of friendship. We do need

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more. We need community groups to come through but I have two warm

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members that when charities and the third sector come forward with make

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sure we do due diligence to make sure the very vulnerable people are

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given exactly the right support they need to nature it is sustainable.

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Question number seven, Mr Speaker. He published the latest statistics

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on response times to fires in England on the 19th of January. They

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do show that times do continue to increase gradually and some areas

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sought reductions, such as house fires and commercial buildings

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fires, which had a reduction and, luckily unfortunately, due to the

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good work of the Fire Service, fires and five related fatalities have

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been on a downward trend for a number of years, reaching

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historically low levels recently. I thank the Minister for his response,

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however, continued cuts are having a profound impact on firefighter and

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public safety. Increased response times, they are having to travel

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further afield, which means they are pitching more serious fires.

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Minister agree that these cuts have gone far gone far too far? I would

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say that in terms of house fires, in house fires we have seen a reduction

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in the response times to fires in homes and in buildings more

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generally, but in terms of the finance issue, I would say that what

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we have seen the Fire Service over the last three years is 154%

:23:38.:23:43.

increase in reserves. Her own Fire Service has gone from 7 million to

:23:44.:23:48.

some ?29 million in reserve all of which can be used to find

:23:49.:23:54.

efficiencies and finance services. Fire related deaths have gone up 15%

:23:55.:23:59.

in England and 14% in Scotland over the last year, which is clearly

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unacceptable and must surely sent a signal that the cuts have gone too

:24:05.:24:11.

far. Will the Minister look at both the funding, but also the

:24:12.:24:14.

organisations which are taking fire crews further away from the areas

:24:15.:24:20.

they need to service? I would say to the honourable gentleman, as I said

:24:21.:24:24.

in the previous question, the response to house in Paris and

:24:25.:24:27.

Berlin fires has improved in the last year. It is important that and

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death as a result of fire is unacceptable. We all want to see no

:24:33.:24:36.

deaths. That is why good work done by fire authorities, health and

:24:37.:24:41.

safety work in our homes is important. We must always stay

:24:42.:24:44.

vigilant. That is why people should test and have smoke alarms. I would

:24:45.:24:50.

say to all fire authorities to nature to find efficiencies to be

:24:51.:24:52.

given to nature of the money is on the front line to deliver people

:24:53.:24:58.

every day. According to the Home Office own figures, published last

:24:59.:25:03.

Thursday, deaths from house fires are up by 18% on previous years and

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response times are slower. Fire crews are being deprived resources

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and Fire Service jobs are being lost. Will the Minister not accept

:25:14.:25:17.

that the current round of cuts are putting the public at risk and

:25:18.:25:21.

demoralising hard-working, dedicated fire officers? Well, I would say, as

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I said earlier on, we need to be clear about the figures. There has

:25:29.:25:32.

been a 52% reduction in the total number of reported fires in recent

:25:33.:25:36.

years. Five related fatalities are down 22%, while response times to

:25:37.:25:41.

house fires and building fires are slightly down and improved. We do

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need to be vigilant, we need to be clear about the fact as well. Number

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eight, Mr Speaker. The response by the government includes a law

:25:53.:25:55.

enforcement agencies are taking action against online offenders

:25:56.:25:58.

developing new capabilities defined and Cisco victims and working with

:25:59.:26:02.

the internet industry to remove illegal images. We have led a global

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response to current expedition, working with countries, companies,

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civil Latest Government statistics show in

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2015 over 500 children in Wiltshire were victims of online abuse and

:26:19.:26:22.

became subjects of a child protection plan. What impact is the

:26:23.:26:28.

image database having to help catch those who perpetrate this vile

:26:29.:26:32.

crime? The database makes it much easier

:26:33.:26:36.

for our National Crime Agency and other assets to tackle the threat

:26:37.:26:41.

posed by paedophiles online. That's why we're determined that the powers

:26:42.:26:47.

given to us can add to that to make sure we add these people. Child

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sexual abuse is horrific and carries on on the internet across the

:26:52.:26:55.

country. Can I urge the House that people recommend to their

:26:56.:26:58.

constituents that a process of contributing to keeping their own

:26:59.:27:01.

children safe is to take time out to look at the think you know campaign

:27:02.:27:06.

on the National Crime Agency because we all, I as a parent have a role in

:27:07.:27:11.

making sure my parent knows what's safe online. Actually, don't

:27:12.:27:17.

children need to be educated about how to help themselves stay safe

:27:18.:27:20.

online? And wouldn't it be the case if we had compulsory sex and

:27:21.:27:24.

relationship education that every school could make sure that every

:27:25.:27:29.

child knew how to you safe online? Can I ask the honourable lady to go

:27:30.:27:32.

onto the website of the National Crime Agency and look at the think

:27:33.:27:37.

you know campaign, it is tailor made for children to go through the ewe

:27:38.:27:41.

tore online and it's broken down by age. So my young children have an

:27:42.:27:48.

appropriate curriculum to look at and it makes a real difference.

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There's even one for her so she can follow and understand how she can be

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safe online and make sure children are as well. Would my reasoned not

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agree with me that the Wiltshire constabulary might be better

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spending the ?1 million and applying the 18 fulltime officers that

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they're currently looking into bogus allegations against Sir Edward Heath

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into looking at those 500 cases? My honourable friend will know that

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priorities for the police are set by the police. It is not for ministers

:28:23.:28:26.

to interfere with knows decisions they make. It is very important that

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we investigate all allegations of sexual abuse, without fear or safer

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and get to the bottom of it and put away those people causing such harm.

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The minister is being far too glib on this. All the research shows the

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best intermediary for teaching children is someone they trust in a

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school. That is the truth. Online work doesn't actually prove very

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effective. Isn't the truth that bullying, exploitation is rampant.

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Isn't it about time we stopped making excuses and took on the

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Googles and the people who allow this to be transmitted. The

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honourable gentleman misses point, we are taking on the big internet

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companies and if he spends time in the schools, in the primary schools

:29:15.:29:20.

where my children go, to they are given classes on how to stay safe

:29:21.:29:25.

online. This is not just a website. It's teachers, parents, everyone has

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their role in it. That is being delivered. The challenge we have in

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the world of the internet is keeping pace with the huge numbers of

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referrals we get every month from international paedophiles who abuse

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the internet to exploit our children and take advantage of the latest

:29:40.:29:43.

technology to keep our, to make sure our law enforcement agencies are

:29:44.:29:46.

having to constantly go the extra mile to catch them.

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THE SPEAKER: I gently remind the honourable lady who nodded sagely at

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me to denote her interest in this matter, that on the whole it is

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prudent to stand. As the Speaker has many qualities but he is not

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psychic. I do apologise, we have had a dreadful local case where an

:30:08.:30:11.

international paedophile ring such as the one the minister mentioned

:30:12.:30:17.

infiltrated a chat room aimed at nine-year-olds with dreadful

:30:18.:30:19.

consequences for those children. Could the minister help us with what

:30:20.:30:21.

investment the Government is making to help the police and other law

:30:22.:30:27.

enforcement agencies deal with and stamp out this sort of abuse? I'm

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grateful to my honourable friend. The National Crime Agencies child

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exploitation and online protection command received an extra ?10 poll

:30:38.:30:43.

this year in. November of 2015, the NCA joined up with GCHQ in a joint

:30:44.:30:47.

operations cell to make sure we tackle some of the most complicated

:30:48.:30:52.

crimes online. Those two are just part of the whole process. I would

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be happy to brief my honourable friend further on the whole spectrum

:30:58.:31:03.

of efforts we range against paedophiles and online abuse. The

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key to this is we can all contribute to that safety - teachers, parents,

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law enforcement agencies and community leaders to make sure we

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are aware of how paedophiles operate and shut them down and put them

:31:16.:31:24.

away. Number nine, Mr Speaker. I will answer questions nine and 17

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together. This Government is absolutely committed to tackling all

:31:28.:31:30.

forms of domestic abuse. This morning I chaired the domestic abuse

:31:31.:31:35.

national oversight group which oversees the delivery of important

:31:36.:31:41.

HMIC recommendations. Victims who experience extreme psychological and

:31:42.:31:44.

emotional abuse can now bring their perpetrators to justice. The college

:31:45.:31:47.

of pleating has updated its guidance. Every police force has a

:31:48.:31:54.

domestic abuse action plan. I thank my right honourable friend for her

:31:55.:31:58.

response. That's welcome new. In Bath a charity called Voices

:31:59.:32:03.

provides support to those victims or survivors of domestic violence. What

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is my right honourable friend doing tone sure where there is violence

:32:08.:32:11.

against women and girls at home and also abroad that they too can get

:32:12.:32:15.

similar support? I thank my honourable friend and I welcome the

:32:16.:32:18.

work that Voices does helping women and girls. We are a global leader in

:32:19.:32:23.

tackling violence against women and girl at home and overseas. Since

:32:24.:32:31.

2010 we have invested ?184 million and doubled our campaigns overseas

:32:32.:32:37.

from 64 programmes in 2012 to 127 in 2016. We've hosted various important

:32:38.:32:41.

international conferences such as global call to action on protecting

:32:42.:32:46.

women and girls in emergencies, the global summit to end sexual violence

:32:47.:32:50.

summit and the ground breaking girl summit. Can I also add my thanks to

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my right honourable friend's answer as well. Operation encompass which

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helps fight domestic violence through the school system, began in

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my constituency. Will she join me in praising the return of sergeant

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David Carney hayworth in setting up the operation and will ensure this

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is spread as many police forces across the country too? I am

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delighted to join him in congratulating the work of David

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Carney Hayworth I would say to him what he has brought our attention to

:33:28.:33:32.

is a good example of local practice. It is local practice, local

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initiative, local momentum that is really going to help the women and

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girls we want to reach. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Can the minister update

:33:41.:33:45.

the House in relation to the violence against women and girls

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strategy, in particular with reference to the promised additional

:33:49.:33:54.

funding of ?18 million. How can this fund be accessed? And what's the

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criteria? Yes, I'm very happy to update the honourable lady. ?40

:34:00.:34:04.

million of the money is apportioned by DCLG, particularly for

:34:05.:34:06.

accommodation. We have access to most of the rest of it. I

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particularly draw her attention to the ?15 million which organisations

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are bidding for. It is a combination of commissioners and local

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organisations which she may like to access to support her constituents.

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The... Proposing an offence of domestic abuse. They want to end

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violence against women and girls at the earliest opportunity. Can the

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secretary speak to the ratification of the bill? I'm delighted to work

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with the Scottish Government on this important subject. I no thee they

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have put aside ?20 million to work on this particular topic. I welcome

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that initiative. If the honourable gentleman would like to come and see

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me or a colleague we can discuss his proposal. Any victim of domestic

:35:00.:35:06.

violence should receive equal support and respect regardless of

:35:07.:35:10.

their heritage and faith. Does my right honourable friend share my

:35:11.:35:15.

concerns about the report that CPS are dropping so-called honour cases

:35:16.:35:18.

for the fear of offending Asian communities? I do share my

:35:19.:35:21.

honourable friend's commitment to ensuring that so-called honour based

:35:22.:35:25.

violence is not neglected in any way, any type of violence against

:35:26.:35:29.

women and girls is something that this Government will not shy away

:35:30.:35:33.

from tackling. I'm certainly happy to work with her on this important

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matter. Number 12 Mr Speaker. Thank you, Mr Speaker. The policing and

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crime bill has now completed the Lord stages. That introduces a new

:35:43.:35:47.

duty to collaborate between the emergency services and it enables

:35:48.:35:50.

Police and Crime Commissioners to take on the governance of Fire

:35:51.:35:53.

Rescue Service. Thanks to the excellent efforts of my honourable

:35:54.:35:57.

friend it will allow the Police and Crime Commissioners to become the

:35:58.:36:00.

police, fire and Crime Commissioners. We are working with

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key stake holder groups and I know a number of PCCs are looking athat the

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model. I'd like to thank the minister for his response and the

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fact that we will be changing the name of the Police and Crime

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Commissioners. Where there is a strong case for Police and Crime

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Commissioners to take the responsibility for the Fire Rescue

:36:20.:36:23.

Service, such as in Staffordshire, can my right honourable friend

:36:24.:36:27.

outline the process and the time frames that we'll be Lookmanning at

:36:28.:36:33.

in terms of -- looking at it terms of this change? I know the Police

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and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire is keen to move

:36:37.:36:41.

forward with this. It will be for the Police and Crime Commissioner to

:36:42.:36:45.

put forward a business case outlining their proposal to do this.

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If there isn't local agreement it will come forward and be assessed by

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an ept group. That process will be agreed with the local Government

:36:54.:36:56.

association to make sure it's clear and transparent. Hopefully by the

:36:57.:37:00.

end of this year we will see the first areas coming forward. In

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Staffordshire, Matthew ellist, the police -- Ellis, the Police and

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Crime Commissioner has identified so million worth of savings if only the

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two can cooperate. I'm sure this is going to be the case and

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incidentally, welcomed by firefighters throughout

:37:18.:37:19.

Staffordshire. I'm sure it's the case in other parts of the United

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Kingdom too. So what sort of time table does he actually think will be

:37:24.:37:27.

the case when we can see such mergers? My honourable friend makes

:37:28.:37:33.

a very good point and highlights the considerable savings that allows

:37:34.:37:36.

that money to go back into the frontline for both police and fire

:37:37.:37:42.

as we move forward by bringing together and finding efficiencies.

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The time frame will be down to the business case speed with which the

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Police and Crime Commissioner will put that forward. If they have local

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agreement, I would hope to see the first commissioners coming forward

:37:54.:37:57.

in a matter of months after it is granted. I'm very grateful to my

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honourable friend for raising such an important matter. We made forced

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marriage a criminal offence in 2014 to better protect victims and send a

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very clear Eid -- clear message that this abhorrent practice will not be

:38:18.:38:21.

tolerated in the UK. We want to see more victims having the confidence

:38:22.:38:25.

to come forward to report this often hidden crime. That's why we're

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introducing lifelong anonymity for victims through the police and crime

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bill. I thank the minister to that answer. I'm glad that this country

:38:35.:38:37.

is leading the way on tackling violence against women and girls.

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Does the minister agree with me, we need to keep up the pressure to

:38:42.:38:45.

eradicate child marriage as that's a particular pernicious form of

:38:46.:38:50.

violence. I do indeed. The UK is a world leader in the fight to stamp

:38:51.:38:55.

out forced marriage. I'm clear that to end these crimes in the UK, we

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must end them overseas too. That's why we're pursuing an ambitious

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programme of work at an international level, a ?36 million

:39:10.:39:12.

programme to end child, early and forced marriage. Number 14 perfect

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Speaker. -- Mr Speaker. The Government recognises that

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international students make an important contribution during their

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time here. And they help make education system one of the best in

:39:27.:39:29.

the world. We are in regular contact with the sector. There is no limit

:39:30.:39:32.

on the number of genuine international students who can come

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here to study in the UK. International students bring

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academic and cultural benefits to our universities, contribute

:39:42.:39:44.

billions of pounds to the economy, support the creation of tens of

:39:45.:39:51.

thousands of jobs and enable these institutions to innovate buildings

:39:52.:39:56.

with businesses and invest in every region of the UK. Would the minister

:39:57.:40:00.

ensure the House that his Government has no plans to reduce the number of

:40:01.:40:04.

international students coming to UK universities and what steps will he

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take to increase numbers? I've got to say I agree with her absolutely.

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Certainly as I mentioned already, there is no limit on the number of

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students that come here. Since 20 so, we've seen a 17% increase in

:40:17.:40:20.

university applications from outside the EU and the Russell group an

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amazing 47% increase. The whole House knows it's vital to maintain

:40:28.:40:32.

our global reputation as an open and fair place to study. But in

:40:33.:40:37.

mid-December last year, the Home Office lost a major test case

:40:38.:40:39.

against international students, because the Home Office claimed the

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students had made bogus claims about English language skills. Can I ask

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the minister were the total legal costs in this test case? How many

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other cases were initiate and had to be dropped? And what estimate has

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been made from the potential liability of the students deported

:41:04.:41:08.

from evidence free claims but right now have a right to sue for wrongful

:41:09.:41:13.

deportation? I'm delightly surprised that the honourable lady has the

:41:14.:41:18.

brass neck to refer to bogus students in bogus colleges. We had

:41:19.:41:26.

to take away the licenses from 920 colleges to take bogus students for

:41:27.:41:30.

bogus courses. I will get back to her specifically on that legal case.

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Thank you Mr Speaker. In January 2016, this Government changed

:41:36.:41:39.

legislation to the benefit of widows, widowers and civil partners

:41:40.:41:41.

of police officers in England and Wales who have died on duty. As a

:41:42.:41:45.

result, those survivors who qualified for a survivor pension

:41:46.:41:50.

will now continue to receive their survivors benefits for life

:41:51.:41:51.

regardless of remarriage. The stock elsewhere in the UK,

:41:52.:42:09.

police widow pensions have been reinstated regardless of the date of

:42:10.:42:14.

their remarriage. Does my right honourable friend agree with me that

:42:15.:42:18.

all police widows should be treated the same regardless of where police

:42:19.:42:22.

officers served in the United Kingdom and would he need with other

:42:23.:42:27.

colleagues to discuss this? I know my honourable friend has campaigned

:42:28.:42:31.

on this. I would be happy to meeting to discuss it. He will be aware that

:42:32.:42:36.

there is a clear tradition that successive governments have held

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around at other retrospective changes of this nature. I am happy

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to discuss it further with them. Question number 16. Long-term

:42:45.:42:50.

migration statistics are produced by the independent office for National

:42:51.:42:54.

statistics. These figures estimate that in the year ending June 2000

:42:55.:43:01.

16, known EU nationals came here to study. In that same year, 45,000

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non-EU nationals who were former students left. For EU nationals the

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corresponding figures are 34000 and 18,000 respectively. I thank the

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Minister for the detailed response. I accept that students are

:43:19.:43:21.

internationally classified as an instant when figures are published,

:43:22.:43:24.

would not be a good idea to state how many of those people are

:43:25.:43:27.

students, bringing money this country? I can confirm to my

:43:28.:43:33.

honourable friend that the statistics are produced and

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presented by the ONS figures for students are clearly separately

:43:38.:43:41.

identified within them. And this immigration related matter I would

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call the number, if you were standing, that if he doesn't want.

:43:46.:43:53.

This government's immigration family is separating families because of

:43:54.:43:59.

restrictive rules on evidence of financial support. When when these

:44:00.:44:03.

rules be changed to support the real needs of family units? It is

:44:04.:44:10.

certainly very important when we do have family reunification,

:44:11.:44:13.

especially for spouses, that we have rules in place to ensure these

:44:14.:44:16.

people are not a burden upon the taxpayer. The level set would be a

:44:17.:44:22.

higher figure for Scotland given that average incomes are higher than

:44:23.:44:29.

in the UK overall. Question number one. We are determined to protect

:44:30.:44:32.

children and vulnerable people. That is why the government has tabled an

:44:33.:44:37.

important amendment to the Digital economy Bill. It will give the

:44:38.:44:40.

police power to go to the court to compel foreign companies to shut

:44:41.:44:43.

down phone lines being used by county lines gangs to sell drugs.

:44:44.:44:48.

These can use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and

:44:49.:44:52.

money to and from urban areas. Once caught up in county lines there are

:44:53.:44:57.

risks of extreme violence and trafficking behind those people

:44:58.:45:02.

behind this despicable crime. We can disrupt this criminality and the

:45:03.:45:07.

expedition which is an integral part of drug stealing. During the recent

:45:08.:45:13.

delegation is part of the all party Parliamentary group against

:45:14.:45:16.

anti-Semitism became clear that international Parliamentary

:45:17.:45:18.

colleagues are concerned about the rise of hate crime and in particular

:45:19.:45:22.

anti-Semitism from the left in UK universities. Will my honourable

:45:23.:45:27.

friend agree with me and Baroness Royale, when she says that Labour

:45:28.:45:29.

does not take anti-Semitism seriously because of the inaction of

:45:30.:45:35.

the members at Oxford University accused of anti-Semitism and that

:45:36.:45:38.

this has a wider impact on hate crime in general? I thank my

:45:39.:45:44.

honourable friend for raising this important matter, especially during

:45:45.:45:47.

Holocaust memorial week. He will note the government published a new

:45:48.:45:52.

hate crime action plan to drive forward action to tackle all forms

:45:53.:45:55.

of hate crime across government and to work with police and communities.

:45:56.:46:01.

I completely agree with him that all organisations, including

:46:02.:46:04.

universities, and political parties, have an obligation to stamp out

:46:05.:46:06.

anti-Semitism wherever it is encountered. Recent revelations from

:46:07.:46:14.

the public Law Project indicates that country guidance in Eritrea was

:46:15.:46:19.

offered to suggest diminished risk of human rights abuses where there

:46:20.:46:22.

was no evidence to support this, only in order to lower the number of

:46:23.:46:27.

refugees allowed entry. A significant case in the upper

:46:28.:46:30.

immigration tribunal last October found that the new Home Office

:46:31.:46:35.

guidance on Eritrea was not credible. We note the guidance has

:46:36.:46:40.

since been withdrawn, but was the then Home Secretary involved in the

:46:41.:46:45.

initiation of that misleading guidance and can be Secretary of

:46:46.:46:50.

State say how many refugees may have been wrongly denied entry and how

:46:51.:46:56.

many of them were children? The honourable lady has raised an

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important part of our immigration policy and that is to make sure that

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you keep all countries where the returning people to under review.

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Quite rightly, stuff from the Home Office will visit appropriate

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countries and Eritrea in 2014, to make the country assessments. I am

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confident that the processes at the Home Office are delivered in the

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correct way. We will always keep it under review. Despite the current

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police funding formula not being fully applied to Leicestershire

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police, meaning a loss of ?5.6 million annually, even under this

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and fairer funding formula, Chief Constable Simon Cole and his

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excellent team have continued to drive down crime locally. Can I red

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honourable friend reassuringly and that day and Worcestershire will get

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a fair funding the very soon? My honourable friend makes a good point

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around the excellent work done by Chief Constable Simon Cole and his

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team in Leicestershire. Can I say, we are working to make sure we get a

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fair and transparent review funding formula through with all the Chief

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constables and the Police and Crime Commissioner. We will deliver that

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work as quickly as we can. Waffle is all we are getting in answers on

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dealing with Facebook and Twitter and take crime on the internet. If

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Germany can find these companies half ?1 million every time they feel

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to take down hate speech within 24 hours, why can we not have practical

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action to hold them to account for their feelings on dealing with hate

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speech? The honourable gentleman makes a really important point. Hate

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crime has no place in our society whatsoever. It destroys communities

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and lives. We are taking every action possible. We have the

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strongest legislative framework of any country in the world and that

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includes working with internet providers. I can absolutely assure

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him that where it is identified we have a grievance with internet

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providers and they will take the horrendous stuff down. Cheshire

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Constabulary are currently rolling out operation Shield which allows

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the -- people to mark valuables with a unique DNA liquid proving

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ownership of stolen items in the event they recovered. What is the

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Department in to support similar crime-fighting initiatives? My

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honourable friend highlights a good example of using modern technology

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to fight crime and I congratulate Cheshire police and that forward

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thinking work. We are supporting this kind of work through the police

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translation fund. Innovative ideas like that, through the police

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themselves to move things forward and be efficient and effective in

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the future. Off-road bikers are vandalising the mountains in my

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constituency. These troublemakers turn up the land, they intimate

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local people and frightened animals. It is the Tories. Because off-road

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bikers often don't where the police cannot, can the Home Office looking

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to providing resources, agreement and licensing on the use of drones

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to help us tackle this problem? I do recognise the challenge of dealing

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with people who inappropriately use that parts and ruin it for the

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majority of people and the rest of society and it is right and the

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credit and the police for wanting to track down on this. Drums are

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another good example of modern technology. Police forces and fire

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brigades are using it and sharing it. That is exactly the kind of

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thing the police translation fund might be useful in. In light of

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recent terrorist threats, can my honourable friend update the House

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and what steps the government is taking the nature we are not

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vulnerable to a similar attack? My honourable friend is right to

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highlight that counterterrorism is always ongoing. In 2015 we committed

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to updating the contest review, that is the strategy to deal with

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counterterrorism here and abroad and I can inform my honourable friend

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that the update will be published soon. In addition, the government is

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committed to increasing by 30% in real terms funding for

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counterterrorism in the lifetime of this Parliament. Blackwood

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University in my constituency has seen its international students

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numbers fall by nearly 45% since 2010. In a university that in 2016

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was listed by the times in the top 200 most international universities.

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As the honourable member has outlined, the benefit international

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students bring to a city like Bradford cannot be overstated. What

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will the Minister do to reverse this trend and which at one of our

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greatest assets continues to attract pupils? I say to the honourable lady

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I Sherrock about the importance of overseas students and especially

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perhaps at the University of Bradford. Some universities have

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seen an increase Konzen have seen a decrease. More students are coming

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from China, less from India. This is the market. Work with university and

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perhaps come back as with any suggestions she might have had to

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improve the outcome for them. We referred in this place to the good

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work of the police officers, men and women and police community support

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officers before now. It is only right that they receive their fair

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share of the money of the policing budget. What matters is the

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Department taking teenager Devon and Cornwall police received a fair

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funding settlement? I think my honourable friend for his question.

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It was useful last week. I also want to thank his Police and Crime

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Commissioner and his Chief Constable for feeding into a working trip the

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new funding formula is fair and transparent and has the input from

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forces across the country. Violence against doctors, nurses, paramedics

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and other health workers has been on the rise in England and Wales over

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the last few years. In Scotland have a specific law, a specific criminal

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offence of such violence. Isn't it the same had the same in England and

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Wales? The honourable gentleman does raise an important point and it

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links closely with the work we are going around making sure that

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offences against police officers are dealt with in the strongest possible

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terms. The punishments are there but we have the nature of that

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sentencing council have these things available. We are working with

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colleagues at the Ministry of Justice to look at this very issue.

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I was pleased recently to attend the little little litter pickers

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celebration organised by the innovative Falcon one team in

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Taunton Deane. The litter pickers are just one aspect of this

:53:57.:54:00.

commendable one team community partnership bringing together the

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police, social workers, teachers and local residents to tackle serious

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deprivation with real results in terms of tackling crime and

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anti-social behaviour. Does the Minister agree with me that they can

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Act as a model across the country and would she join me in commending

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all their hard work, especially that of Sergeant Andy Murphy? I am

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absolutely delighted to commend the work of this multi agency team which

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operates in her constituency. It is indeed a marvellous example of where

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the police and local agencies work together in their communities with

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vulnerable people, tackling environmental issues and providing

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young people with a constructive alternative to avoid them being

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dragged into a life of crime and anti-social behaviour. In the light

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of Holocaust Memorial Day this week, would the Minister join me in paying

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tribute to the Holocaust memorial day trust and the Holocaust

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educational trust the reminders of the worst example we have ever

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witnessed as to where anti-Semitism can lead and in light of the

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forthcoming publication of the community security trust 2016

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anti-Semitic incident report next week, bearing in mind we saw the

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third highest level, annual level we have always seen of an increase in

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hate incidents last year, what is the government doing to combat

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rising levels of anti-Semitism? I think the honourable lady for the

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opportunity to join her in thanking the Holocaust Memorial Day trust and

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the Holocaust education trust for the extraordinary work they do in

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reminding us of what took place and I am one of the MPs, I am sure there

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are many, he took the opportunity to visit and will always remember the

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impact that had. I work closely with the CST. I need the hate crime

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action plan my priority. We will work with them to do

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Over 30 unaccompanied -- over 30,000 unaccompanied child refugees arrived

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in Calais last year. Can we have an update when those children will

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agree from Greece and Italy under the Dubs criteria? In 2016 we

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transferred over 900 unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Following

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consultation with local authorities I remind the House that the

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Government will transfer a specificed number of children in

:56:36.:56:39.

accordance with section 67 of the Immigration Act who meet the spirit

:56:40.:56:43.

behind rot vision. This includes over 200 children already

:56:44.:56:47.

transferred from France. We will announce in due course the basis on

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which the remaining places will be filled from Greece, Italy and the

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final number. This afternoon, we've been talking

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about police funding in the abstract. But there's a human cost

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as well. This weekend a police officer was shot and badly wounded

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in north Belfast. Will the Home Secretary hand on to Chief Constable

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the unqualified support for the whole House on the work that the

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PSNI are doing and the deepest sympathy to the friends and family

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of the police I thank the right honourable

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gentleman for the opportunity to do exactly that. We are very lucky the

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good work, the bravely, the courage that takes place by the PSNI. I will

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on his behalf and of the whole House pass on those good wishes and

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thanks. The French dispersal centre which took children from Calais is

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set to close on February 10. What steps is he taking ensure that the

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cases of all the children who might have rights of entry to the UK are

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being considered before then? I thank the honourable gentleman for

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that question. I spoke just this morning to my new French counterpart

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about actions we are taking together to ensure that the correct

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assessment is continuing on the children who would like to come to

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the UK. There are still a substantial number of centres open.

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We still have a number of staff out there. We will be reducing our work

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going forward, as the Calais camp has largely dispersed. We will

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continue to have an interest and ensure we work closely with the

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French to stop a new camp coming up. My constituent has twice tried to

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get his family from Morocco to Scotland to visit while they sort

:58:37.:58:40.

out their visa arrangements, twice the Home Office have frustrated this

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process. And I quote they have said Eric right to family life can be

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enjoyed in Morocco. He has a genetic disorder which can only be treated

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in the UK. Will she commit to look at this case again and meet with me

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to work out how this family can be reunited and live together? Can I

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say briefly, I'd be more than happy to meet with the honourable lady to

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discuss this specific case and see what can be done. Thank you Mr

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Speaker. Is the police minister aware of the stark warning given to

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his predecessor by Cumbrian chief cub stab Jerry Graham about the

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failure of the previous funding formula's ability to take into

:59:26.:59:30.

account the cost premium for the sparsity rurality and geographical

:59:31.:59:33.

isolation of Cumbria. Will he meet with all Cumbria's MPs to discuss

:59:34.:59:36.

this very important issue before his new proposals come out? I am very

:59:37.:59:44.

aware of the changes, this is why it's important we do this work me

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noedically. I have been - I will talk to Cumbria's Chief Constable

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and take input from any source. THE SPEAKER: We must move

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