13/07/2017 House of Commons

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

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That apply to vehicles we might own and also hybrid vehicles and taxis


and I support what he has suggested. Order. Business questions. Valerie


Vaz. Can the leader of the House gave us the forthcoming business?


The leader of the House. Andrea Leadsom. Thank you, Mr Speaker. The


business for next week will be Monday the 17th of July, motion to


approve the statutory instrument relating to international immunity


and privilege, followed by a general debate on the abuse and intimidation


of candidates and the public in the general election campaign.


Thursday the 20th of July a motion relating to the appointment of the


new Parliamentary Commissioner for standards followed by a general


debate on matters to be raised before the forthcoming German.


Friday the 21st of July the house will not be sitting. Colleagues will


also wish to be aware that subject to the progress of business the


house will rise at the close of business on Tuesday the 7th of


November and return on Monday the 13th of November and for the


Christmas recess the house will rise at the end of business Thursday the


21st of December and return on Monday the 8th of January 20 18.


Finally, colleagues will also be pleased to note that the EU


withdrawal bill will be presented to the house today as the Brexit


secretary has said this is one of the most significant pieces of


legislation that has ever passed through Parliament and it is a major


milestone in the process of our withdrawal. It means we will be able


to exit the European Union with maximum certainty, continuity and


control. That is what the British people voted for and it is exactly


what we will do. Thank you. Can I thank the Leader of the House for


Commodore are calling business? I'm not sure. Quite frankly, I and other


opposition members are appalled, saddened and bewildered in equal


measures. We have asked the good citizens of this country to vote for


us and they have and they have given their consent to be governed to


enable MPs to form a government and hold ministers to account. We have


not been allowed to do that. This is not the end of term where we have no


lessons and have a light timetable, it is a time of critical importance


to this country and the clock is ticking. We have been back for 31


days and in that time we have had seven votes. The zombie Parliament


makes it sound amusing, but this is serious. It is a threat to our


Parliamentary democracy. Why does it take a standing order 24


application, which we had on contaminated ballades and then a


concession before the debate? There was no debate on personal payments.


Last week I raise questions about the interest rate on student loans.


The Leader of the House said the mood of many colleagues have been


hurt and I'm sure the Department for Education is considering the matter.


Could the Leader of the House say and confirm when and how the


government will be considering this matter and make a statement on those


regulations, or at least give us time to debate it said the minister


can come and explain why the most punitive interest rate is being


applied to students? To make matters worse last week the same debate was


scheduled on the gig report on two successes -- on the give report on


two successive days. We have two debates on the abuse and


intimidation of candidates. It is important, but would the same debate


be going ahead? Can we have an opposition day. The Leader of the


House did not give me an answer... Why has the Leader of the House not


responded to requests for an opposition day? The last one was on


the 23rd of February, granted to the DUP, but the opposition has not been


granted one since January. To be precise, the 25th of January. Why no


opposition day? Why can't we debate on issues relevant to our


constituents who only a month ago told us what they thought. I thought


the Leader of the House believed in sovereignty, that is what she


campaigned on. We do on this site, so let's have a debate on a potable


motion. The Leader of the House said that the elongated session will


allow us to consider the domestic agenda. Why has she allocated


private member's hills for one year of a two-year session. -- private


member's bills. Can she also explain her definition of what a session is.


On Tuesday at the Taylor review the Prime Minister said we may not agree


on everything, but through debate and discussion the hallmarks of our


Parliamentary democracy, ideas can be clarified and improved and a


better way forward found. Can the Leader of the House explain why


these debates are being stifled. Or is she an outsourced Prime Minister,


detach from what is going on here. She can be heard singing in Number


10 the song heartbreaker. I don't know if you know the words? Will you


join me and perhaps the Leader of the House will join me happy Black


Country day. I invite everyone to come to Walsall. Thank you, Mr


Deputy Speaker. I can agree with the honourable lady that that will be


from place to be today. She is raising some important points about


our Parliamentary democracy, but I do find it deeply disappointing that


the opposition are trying to make something of what is absolutely a


normal situation following the general election when the government


of the day is trying to take steps to bring back into place issues like


select committees. She admits herself the private members sitting


days are already on the order paper. We are making progress, I'd like to


congratulate all be select committee chairs that the appointment


yesterday. The individual parties need to get on to let the members


for the select committees. The chiefs of the opposition parties


have been talking about opposition days. I gather that there has been


an offer of an opposition debate in the next short sitting. We are


absolutely getting on with the business at pace and absolutely in


accordance with normal procedures. So what I am left to conclude is


that this is just gameplaying. Let me just refer back to what the Prime


Minister said on the anniversary of her leadership of this country. She


asked... The honourable lady is clearly not listening, but she asked


members to come together in the interests of our country to give


their ideas and input and support, as we seek to fulfil the democratic


will of people in this country to leaving the EU. And what did the


opposition do? They ridiculed it. They reject the concept of working


together in the interests of our country. Well 13 million people


voted for them and they should actually support those people in


their wish to see the democratic will of this country fulfilled.


Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. As my right honourable friend see my early


day mentioned 155 about the potential closure of London Road in


Harlow. The decision granted by Harlow Council has caused problems


to residents and motorists. Then we have a statement on unnecessary road


closures as Harlow Council seems to be ignoring the wishes of complaints


and is rejection of planning applications. I would like to


congratulate my honourable friend for his selection as chairman of the


education select committee. ?1.8 million -- 1.8 million more children


are in better education. He is right to raise the frustrating issue of


unnecessary road closures and I am sure he will give it his full


attention, as he does with anything he turns his mind to. Can I


congratulate the select committee chairs on the election yesterday.


It's a great exercise in the democracy of this House. We need to


get the membership of these committees elected. The Speaker of


the House generously offered his facility to ensure that if they


would any issue with any of the parties that the Deputy Speaker


Speaker could help out. Did the leader take advantage of that


generous opportunity? If not, why not? We have passed 14 piece of


legislation through Parliament. We still have no standing committees in


place. Will the leader of the health endeavour to get this sorted before


the zombies leave the building. There has not been any single debate


about the perverse deal with the DUP which has altered the funding


allegations within the nations of the United Kingdom. They are


marching all the way to the bank, but they will be back demanding


another few hundred million. And the Great Repeal Bill is out today. It's


an invitation to is, Bob the battered jalopy as it clambers over


the cliff edge. We will continue to look after the


vital Scottish interests and fight for a single market. Leader of the


House. First of all, membership of committees I agree. We want to get


on with it and on the side of the house we are selecting members. I


hope his democratic election will be as clear as our own. On standing


committees I can assure him that through the usual channels there is


enormous amount of work going on to establish those committees. No one


wants that to happen more than we do. His remark about zombies is very


rude to his colleagues. A few of them are still here today. I would


like to remind him that when he talks about this government being


not democratically elected, we do get 56 more seats than the


opposition and therefore that does mean as a matter of fact in a


democratic place such as this that we do have the duty as well as the


rights to form a government. I hope he and his colleagues will


appreciate that fact. I also think it is a great shame that he


constantly talks about wanting to stay in the single market which he


knows for a fact he knows me is not leaving the EU. First is colleagues


and their own ends it undermines the will of the United Kingdom. It's


totally undemocratic on this side of the house I have on the opposition


benches. We will fulfil the will of the people. If the Leader of the


House aware of concerns regarding challenges to the democratic system


of government in... -- Hong Kong. This month marks the 20th


anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong as a special


administrative region, on the principle of one country two


systems, but the leader consider debating the issue? My honourable


friend is raising an incredibly important point. The Foreign Office


minister for Asia and the Pacific met the Chinese ambassador on the


5th of July. He stressed the UK's strong commitment to the


declaration, a legally binding treaty registered with the UN which


continues to be in post today. As co-signatory of joint legislation,


the UK will stress to the Chinese government do need to faithfully


implement the one country, two systems arrangement that we have. We


don't yet know what the government have determined to be the allocation


for the backbench business committee in this parliamentary session. We


would hope that the 27 days allocated in the normal


parliamentary session will be doubled to 54 in a two year


parliamentary session. And I also asked the Leader of the House to


facilitate the membership of the business committee be brought


forward quicker than the rest of the select committees. It's hip to


determine business of this Chamber. Can I congratulate him on being


reappointed as Chairman? He did a great job in the last Parliament and


I am sure will do so again. We have tried to bring forward some of the


carry-over requests for debate from the last Parliament into this one.


As with opposition days, the allocation of backbench business


days is set out in standing orders. But in a longer than usual is


session it is customary to offer additional days. We fully intend to


do the same on this occasion and more will be said about that in due


course. Alex Schalk Brooke! Mr Deputy Speaker, in the last


Parliament I brought forward a Bill to ban unpaid internships. The


Matthew Taylor report outlines they are indeed damaging for social


mobility and an abuse of power by employees. Can we have a debate on


all the aspects of the Matthew Taylor report? In that private


members Bill, for all the crowing on the other side, none of them turned


up and debated it. My honourable friend has really pushed this issue.


I think he is exactly right to do so. It is a great interest across


this House, even when members opposite do not bother to turn up


and support it. The government position is clear. Employing unpaid


interns as workers to avoid paying the national minimum wage or


National Living Wage is exploitative, illegal and it does


represent a barrier to social mobility, by squeezing out


candidates from less wealthy backgrounds. Jessica Bond. Last week


I visited Shelley College, a school outstandingly rated in my


constituency. Stark explained the budget had been cut already to the


bone. Every school in my constituency faces more cuts. Can we


have a debate on the worrying plan to cut funding from local schools?


The honourable lady will know that actually this government has


protected cash spending on schools. And we have created many thousands


of new school places to meet demand. There has been a lot of investment


in the fabric of buildings. We do appreciate schools are under


pressure. She also knows we have accepted the recommendations of the


independent schools pay body and will do everything we can to make


sure, as I said, the 1.8 million children in good and outstanding


schools, more than in 2010, that this number increases and we do more


than ever in particular to help disadvantaged pupils. Mike Penning.


It has been a long time since I stood in the backbenches asking a


question on health. With that in mind I am sure the leader of the


House is aware Hemel Hempstead is the biggest town in Hertfordshire


but in 2006, we would assume which government was in power at the time,


acute services were closed at the Hemel Hempstead Hospital. We have


CCG is now. It costs ?10 million a year in our part of the world. Just


rubber stamping or closures for Hemel Hampstead Hospital. Can we


have a debate on the power of the CCG and its accountability or lack


of it? My honourable friend raises a very important point. I know there


are a lot of colleagues across the House very concerned about what


happens to hospitals in their area. He will be aware thereafter clear


rules about accountability and consultation with patients and any


decisions should be led by clinicians. In consultation with


users of the service. He raises an important point and might well wish


to raise this in a Westminster Hall or adjournment debate. Yesterday,


during the debate on the tragic events at rental tower, the minister


was asked a question in an injection on whether or not local authorities


like Coventry would be taking safety measures. They said they would cover


the process. Can we have a statement to clarify what help local will get,


bearing in mind the large number of cuts in the last seven years this


government inflicted on local authorities? Grand belltower is one


of the most appalling disasters ever to face this country. -- Grenfell.


We are focused on getting to the bottom of the causes. The top


priority is to try and help those people who suffered terribly. And at


the same time as the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State has made


clear, we want to make sure this cannot happen again. That includes


requiring other local authority areas to check what kind of fire


regulations and cladding and what other risks are being phased in


their areas. That is something the Government is giving as much support


to providing as possible. The public consultation on the future of the


children's congenital heart disease service at Royal Brompton closes on


Monday. If the proposal from NHS England go-ahead it means closing


all CHD services including the adult research Centre, children's


intensive care, and specialist respiratory services, such as for


asthma and muscular dystrophy. Can the Minister come to the dispatch


box and explain how these services will be provided for my constituency


and others in the south-east and London if these proposals go ahead?


My honourable friend raises a very important point which I know is of


huge interest across the House. There have been no final decision is


made. There is no plan to close at the Royal Brompton has a provider of


CHD services. NHS England is currently running a review of


congenital heart services across the country, before finally deciding on


and implementing changes. Just to be clear, this review is not about


cutting services, or costs. It is about making sure the patient has


the highest standard of care now and in future, regardless of where they


live or which hospital provides that care. Given the mess of the UK


government is making of the economy and Brexit and how successful the


Scottish government has been on recent economic measures, will the


leader of the House agreed to a debate on devolving further fiscal


responsibility to Scotland? The honourable lady raises a point where


I think it would be the hope of her to look carefully at what the


Scottish government is doing now. Its track record of managing current


dissolved -- devolved powers leaves something to be desired. She says


the cupboard is not doing well with EU withdrawal. I beg to differ.


Today we are introducing the withdrawal Bill which implements the


will of the people. -- government. The Scottish Nationalist party


clearly do not care about the will of the people. The Scottish people


decided they wanted to remain part of the United Kingdom and they


rather than trying to get on with the day job only focus on who makes


those decisions. That is not a democratic approach. Alderley Park


in my constituency is the biggest bio Centre in the UK and a true


world leader undergoing a 10-year transformation plan at the moment.


Can the Secretary of State give a statement on the country's


industrial strategy and how Alderley Park will fit into that? Isn't it


interesting that the members opposite chancer? They are not


interested in the strength of the economy. I congratulate my friend as


she read takes her seat and she is very welcome here back to this


place, to talk about jobs, economic growth and areas in which the UK can


lead the world. I am quite sure my honourable friend will be very keen


to talk about this government's industrial strategy, something we


are determined will make sure we have the high skilled and highly


paid jobs of the future right across the UK. Glenda Johnson. The Chief


Executive of the Royal infirmary left after putting the hospital into


a terrible state and moved to another which subsequently has moved


into special measures. In this time he was being investigated by the


antifraud body of the NHS. I understand he has retired and set up


a consultancy to offer his services to the NHS. I wonder if we can have


a debate on the revolving door of hails NHS managers and their role in


the NHS? The honourable lady raises what sounds like an extremely


concerning issue regarding one individual. But also that big issue


around the fact there is a kind of revolving door of people who failed


in one job and move another. Often at significant expense to the


taxpayer. She will be aware there have been a number of public


accounts committee report into this issue. She might want to raise it


herself in a Westminster Hall debate. I am aware the leader of the


House will be aware of the looming crisis facing the amount of plastic


entering the ocean where we will get to the point where we have more


plastic than fish in the sea. I welcome the comments made by the


environment Secretary that the Government is considering


introducing a plastic bottle deposit return scheme. Can we have a


statement from the Secretary of State so we can debate and promote


this scheme in this chamber? As my honourable friend will know this is


something I am absolutely passionately concerned about. I was


delighted with the results of the consultation on the banning of micro


beads in facial wash products. And with the letter strategy, which


looks at what else we can do to eradicate plastics from our oceans.


80% of the plastic ends up in the ocean coming from the land. It is


important we do with letter on the land, as well. I am sure the


Secretary of State for the environment will be keen to do that


and I am sure he will come to this House when he has something clear to


say. Can we have an urgent debate on role and remit of the communities


agency? I have two businesses under threat of closure after the agency a


triggered brick clauses in leases. The agency a have also damaged


communities in East Durham in their failure to act after the accident


Housing Association disposed of housing stock. Will the Government


take control of the public body, which has delivered little benefit


and caused no end of misery in areas like East Durham? He raises what


sounds like a very important and serious issue, which I'm sure he


would like to raise directly with the Secretary of State, or maybe at


questions to make sure a spotlight is shone on this particular issue.


He looks like a gentleman that enjoys a glass or two of English


sparkling wine. I invite you... Forgive me! I invite you and my


honourable friend to tour the many vineyards in my constituency where


you will meet the vineyards, award winners supporting jobs and the


local economy. Can we have a debate on the best of British produce,


including English sparkling wine and how we can best promoted into new


markets and harness the opportunity of Brexit? I have only ever seen him


have a cup of tea and a Chorley cake! Is that right, Mr Deputy


Speaker? She raises an important point. English sparkling wine is


taking the world by storm. We are winning prizes and competing with


famous brands. She is right to raise this valuable and growing sector. I


would be delighted to take up on her offer. I can assure you Mrs Hoyle


will be the one that will come. Can I ask the leader of the House if she


can arrange an emergency debate on re-routing HS2 in South Yorkshire?


At the briefing meeting last night the chairman of HS2 said the reason


they are not in favour of the Meadowhall station was the lack of


backing by Sheffield City Council and the Chamber of Commerce,


blatantly ignoring the wishes of the other three councils in South


Yorkshire. Can we have an urgent debate about these matters? The


honourable gentleman will know there has been wide consultation on routes


for HS2, as I discovered myself in phase one, now with Royal assent.


They will continue to be many opportunities for consultation. I


urge the honourable gentleman to take every opportunity to feed into


the process as early as he can. Can we have a debate on sharp


practices by private car parking companies? Smart parking have taken


over the car park behind the Co-op in Saltaire and have changed the


rules so that people have to get a ticket for the first 20 minutes that


they stay, even though it is free, when previously they didn't with


minimal and inadequate signage. There are Draconian fines of ?100


for anyone who does not meet the new requirement. This is not only


ripping off my constituents and their customers, but having a


terrible effect on local businesses. Can we have a debate to stop these


practices from rogue companies like Smart parking? I think all


honourable members will share his disgust that some of the activities


of rogue and unfair private parking operators and he will be pleased to


know that the government has taken steps to tackle this, including the


banning of wheel clamping and towing. It's simpler now for


consumers to seek compensation when they have been the victims of


aggressive or misleading debt collection practices. This is an


area we will come back to. The business she has announced the next


week, she says is business as normal. It is not. What is normal is


that select committees can meet and are able to quiz ministers. And


every second sitting week, a debate on motions. She won't allow that.


Will she admit that this government is terrified of this Parliament.


Will she commit to the leaders of the select committees being able to


sit? We are moving as exactly as quickly as any other new government.


We are trying to establish these committees as quickly as we can. She


says dash-macro he says we are not discussing anything of any value.


The discussion of Grenfell, the discussion of the abuse of MPs...


He's not even listening! Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. He is saying that


discussing the abuse of candidates which is putting people off from


standing... He will appreciate there has not been enough time and effort


given to a significant matter. People have had death threats,


people are being put off studied the parliament. OK, he doesn't care


about that. Next week on the order paper... I don't think that is the


case. I think every member cares about every other member here. Let


us be clear about that. The Metropolitan Police revealed that up


to 50,000 g a year are being committed by thieves on motorbikes


and pedal cycles. This is reflected in the correspondence I have


received from my constituents. Will the Leader of the House make time


for a debate to talk about whether police have all the powers they need


to deal with these crimes? I can confirm the Home Office is in


discussion with the Metropolitan Police about the problem of


motorcycle and mopeds set in London and will look very carefully at the


evidence and what more can be done to prevent it. How the police in


force the law and deploy it the resources is the responsibility of


individual chief officers, taking into account specific local problems


and the demands they with. On Tuesday the Foreign Secretary told


the south that the UK Government will work grossly under the joint


ministerial committee to bring in a devolved administration to make sure


the great Deal we are good to get has her endorsement and approval.


The GMC plena ree last met in January and there has been no GMC


agreement regarding triggering Article 50. Since the election, no


meeting date has been set. Company have a discussion about -- can we


have a discussion about this? It is fully the intention to consult very


widely on all matters regarding devolution. Those compilations have


indeed taken place before. It has been made clear that there will be


no powers that currently reside in devolved administrations will be


withdrawn and there will be opportunities for more devolved


powers. We are absolutely attempting to process, but what is very


important is the intention of this government and that is to consult


widely and seek the agreement of all colleagues right across the House as


we fulfil the will of the people of the United Kingdom. Could my right


honourable friend prime time for a debate on laws relating to the


unscheduled arrival of travellers. Last week a group of hostile people


arrived in a local park causing much damage to play equipment, not only


to mention the cost to Council officers and the police who had to


remove the people. It's an important point and this is of interest to


members right across the House. Travellers on an authorised land and


causing damaged an answer to local committees. Local authorities and


the police have a wide range of strong powers that enable them to


take action and the government really does want to see the working


together to address this issue. Mr Deputy Speaker, please allow me to


refresh the Leader of the House's memory. It was the 25th of January


this year that we last had an opposition Day debate. The Leader of


the House referred earlier to us on this side of the house needing to


represent our constituents. We wish to do that. Why when she commit to


granting opposition day debate and doubling the number of backbench


business debates? Why not, Mr Speaker? As I mentioned earlier,


there has been an opposition day propose for the next short session


of Parliament and that is going through the usual channels. Those


things are a matter of convention go through the usual conventions. There


are standing orders that set up the number of opposition days and


backbench days. It's also the concession that in longer sessions


to offer more days. It is absolutely the case we will do, as has happened


before, set up committees, offer more backbench and opposition days


than allocated to standing orders. I generally don't see why the


opposition are making such a big fuss about this. In the agreement


made with the DUP the government very generously and very wisely


offered a detailed study into the benefits of lower VAT on the tourism


industry. May we have a statement debate in government time on the


benefits of such a study elsewhere in the United Kingdom and


potentially in coastal communities such as the Isle of Wight and more


general measures to support coastal areas? We have half our GDP from


tourism and it is a self-contained area and would greatly benefit from


such a study into lower tourism VAT. Can I welcome my honourable friend


to his place and I think he will obviously be a very strong advocate


for the Isle of Wight and I'm sure all honourable members will be keen


to come there just as soon as the summer recess permits. He has


campaigned on the issue of tourism which is vital to the economy of the


Isle of Wight and I completely understand his desire to see more


effort for coastal communities. That is shared by this government and he


may well want to apply for a Westminster Hall or adjournment


debate to put forward his suggestions. When can be house


expressed its disdain and contempt for the group of decision made by a


gullible government in agreeing to buy the dearest electricity in the


world and guaranteeing that price for 35 years with a French company?


Already months after starting out the project is ?1.5 billion over


budget and a year behind schedule. Like all other EPR's reactors, there


will be vast cost overruns and long delays. None of them have ever


produced enough electricity to light a bicycle lamp. Can we debate this


before we have this continuing rip off of the taxpayers for the next 50


years? Well I have the greatest respect for the honourable gentleman


whose campaigned on antinuclear for a very long time and may I


respectfully say as an ex-energy Minister I disagree with him.


Nuclear energy provides on average around 20% of our electricity needs


at all times. Our ageing fleet of nuclear power stations must be


replaced if we want to continue to keep the lights on. We have to take


steps. This particular project protects taxpayers from the cost of


budget overruns. As I understand it the government will deposit the


phase two HS2 Bill next Monday. According to Parliamentary


procedures, that only leaves 56 days of consultation over the summer


holidays and summer recess. This is simply not enough. Can I ask my


right honourable friend to look at extending the period for six weeks


or delaying the deposit of the bill until we return in September? I


completely agree. Consultation is important and I will certainly take


up this issue on his behalf with the Secretary of State for Transport.


The Leader of the House has been asked several times about having an


opposition day debate that we can represent our constituents. Can I


ask a simple question and she can answer this yes or no. Can we have


an opposition day debate next week? Here, here! The honourable lady will


be aware that the business has already been announced for next


week. The exploitation of leasehold agreements by house-builders and


management companies is a national scandal which is leaving homeowners


in my constituency in financial difficulty. Could we have an urgent


debate to explore a solution which addresses the actions of these


companies across the board? Well, he is right to raise this, it's an


important issue. The government is working with partners who have an


interest in reforming residential leasehold, as outlined in our


housing White Paper to improve fairness and transparency. The White


Paper responded to leasehold can serve that were raised in a House of


Commons debate in December 2016 and we will be consulting on what more


needs to be done to promote greater transparency and fairness for


leaseholders, including whether all developers and managing agents are


acting in the best interests of those thinking of buying and living


in a leasehold property. Many families have been destroyed...


China has not provided any information. Would the Leader of the


House agreed to a statement or more importantly a debate on this issue.


The honourable gentleman raises a harrowing at issue and many


honourable members across the House are aware of it. It is something he


should be raising at the Foreign Office questions and it certainly


would be worthy of a debate in adjournment or in Westminster Hall.


It is my honourable friend looked at my blog she would see that Taunton


Deane has a secret land bank of houses. Multi million pounds are


involved in this. It smells and looks like corruption. Can we have


time in this place to discuss this before it gets out of hand? We need


a debate to look at local government and the way planning authorities are


working in this country. My honourable friend knows I spend most


morning doing nothing but reading his blogs, but he is raising what is


a very serious issue and something that I'm quite sure he will want to


take up directly with the Secretary of State for LG. Can we have a


debate on the National Audit Office's min report of HMRC office


closures, like the one in my Livingston constituency. I had a


letter from the Chancellor yesterday confirming a decision committing


public funds were made during the election which looks very much like


a breach of the ministerial code. This parliament must have the


opportunity to properly scrutinise these decisions before they are


made. As the honourable lady knows the consultation took place over a


long period of time and the decision on the closure was not taken against


the ministerial code and she will also be aware as we discussed in


this place last week that the decisions on closures have been


taken to try and maximise the best use of taxpayer resources. There are


more coaches being provided to help people to get back into work and


travel costs are being accommodated where those could be shown to be


further than would be reasonably expected.


We have a debate on the activities of rogue debt management companies.


-- can we have a debate? One company to cut hundreds of thousands of


pounds before liquidating. Isn't it kind of -- time Liz Kendall spiv Ray


was outlawed once and for all? I am sympathetic towards the point he


makes. There have been some pretty awful examples of debt management


companies. I encouraged him to take this specific case up with the F who


have the responsibility for looking at some of these issues. One of the


many casualties of this recent general election has been the


government's consultation on sentences and penalties for those


causing death by dangerous driving. The consultation finish this year.


My attempts to find out the results of the consultation have been met


with evasive answers. She raises an important point and I will certainly


look into that. I will write to her with any information I am able to


give her. Three weeks ago, I raised the issue of HMRC office contracts


being signed during the recession. The Chancellor has not responded.


Can impress upon the leader of the House the urgency of having a debate


or a statement, preferably a debate, on this issue which affects all


nations and regions in the UK, as to why this government was negotiating


contracts when four political parties in the general election were


opposed. I apologise that he has not had a reply. I have not seen his


letter. I will always try to reply within one week. I would like to


reassure him I specifically checked on this issue and there was no


breaking of the ministerial code. I just cannot find the note in here


that gives me the precise detail. I am aware the consultation took place


over a much longer period of time and in order to protect against


quite significant costs, the decision was taken to announce the


decision to close during purdah but that was not in breach of the


ministerial code. You will forgive me for not having the precise detail


but I will certainly write to him with it.


Can we have a debate on the contribution our community makes to


support families blighted by the terrible disease that is cancer? He


raises the point that all honourable members will be keen to support. We


all know someone who has been touched with cancer. It is a


frightening and horrible disease. It is fantastic to see the work of so


many volunteers to try to contribute to finding research so we can get on


top of cancer and really find ways to cure every aspect of it. Can I


congratulate his constituents for their efforts and hopefully enjoy


the really? The leader of the House will be aware of the terrible


neglect which has proved a national scandal in South Lake Safari zoo.


Can we have a debate about the lamentably inadequate national


regulations which is currently overseeing a situation where many of


the senior members of the organisation team who were in charge


of this neglect was happening have had to be granted a new licence by


changing the guy at the top? I certainly would call this particular


case he mentions from my time as Environment Secretary. It was


something I think the role very concerned about. I think it would


certainly be worth his while trying to have an adjournment debate or a


Westminster Hall debate to raise the issue. As I recall, the real


challenge is one of enforcement, not that the rules are inadequate, but


it may well be something worth debating to ensure we get to the


bottom of it. Last week, Barclays Bank announced the closure of a


branch in Neston. Following that, there will be no high street banks


left at all in the town. Can we have a debate about how we can prevent


ice and these being -- communities being isolated in this way? This has


been the situation across the UK. I am aware that the Post Office has


stepped up to the plate and now offers basic banking services I


believe for all main UK banks, certainly for Barclays. The


flexibility of post office opening hours means that for many


constituents they can get better banking services. One of the things


I'm pleased he raises this issue is making people aware of that fact. So


he will know that the banks have an agreed consultation process before


they decide to close, but nevertheless I urge him to look at


the prospects for post offices stepping into the gap. By September,


it will be a staggering seven and a half months since we had an


opposition Day debate. So, in the interim, can we not have a debate in


government time because I for one want to debate the cat expenditure


process which will lead to massive cuts in the NHS which is already


underfunded? This is obviously the subject of the day for the


opposition benches. I have explained several times that we are making


efforts to deal with all those normal re-establishment of


committees and dates for opposition day debates and so on. There will be


opportunities. Next Thursday, there is a pre-rest recess adjournment


debate. She will have the opportunity to raise the specifics


of the NHS in her constituency. I urge colleagues across the House to


try and understand this is normal following a general election and we


do need to focus on working together to try and deliver for the people of


this country. Last week, the leader of the House spoke of release


for oil and gas. She omitted to say that the oil and gas sector are


still waiting on late life asset guarantees promised in 2016? I want


the Secretary of State to spend weeks and months getting government


action. Can she advise what discussions the Secretary of State


had with her? Can I ask for the leader of the House to explain why


the Secretary of State date for Scotland always avoids answering my


questions? Will she speak to on this and will she once again list his


achievements for Scotland? He will appreciate I cannot possibly explain


to him why the Secretary of State for Scotland thinks or does


something. I'm sure he will realise that is not a question for me. I am


pleased he now acknowledges what I did say in some spirited fashion


last week, that I absolutely recall the Scottish Secretary standing up


for people and promoting oil and gas. I am sure he will be able to


speak for himself in his support for the people of Scotland. I am lucky


in my constituency to take part in a park run on a Saturday morning.


Hundreds of local people take part in the couch to 5K programme. Can we


have a statement on improving public health? Finally, I want the -- why


won't the government give us enough days for opposition debates? It is


absolutely vital that we do more to promote a healthy lifestyle. This


government has put a great deal of money into new cycling programmes,


new sports for children in schools and so on. All of the work of


volunteers to develop these programmes for running together


through the park. It's a lovely thing to do and it adds to the


health of the nation. I congratulate him for that. Could we have an early


debate on this week's report on the failure of the border force to


monitor properly small ports regarding smuggling and illegal


migration issues? Perhaps this is the sort of issue we could have an


opposition day debate on if we were granted one? The problem is that by


the Timmy gets an opposition day there will be about 20 different


subjects and none of them are going to be agreed on what exactly it is


that they want to debate. So let's get away from the focus on the


process and focus on the important subjects. I think he raises an


important subject and I'm quite sure he will want to put in for an


adjournment debate so he can discuss this very report. The Manchester


Royal Infirmary has had to stop types of heart surgery because staff


have been leaving due to uncertainty of the review she referred to


earlier. Patients are having to travel 150 miles for treatment. Can


we have a statement on how we can continue to deliver this type of


heart surgery in advance of the review? He raises an important


point. As I said earlier to my honourable friend, the NHS England


is running a review of congenital heart services across the country


before finally deciding on implementing any change. As I said


earlier, this review is not about cutting services or costs, it's


about making sure patients have the very highest standards of care. He


will appreciate as will all on board members that as improvements into


technology continue, we need to look at the best delivery to give every


child and adult the best outcome that we can. Can we have a debate in


government time about income equality? Research shows that we


have had the lowest wage growth for years. Currently, those under 25 are


discriminated against. Youth unemployment in this country has


dropped dramatically since 2010. It's been one of the enormous


achievements in this country. Another enormous achievement has


been the number of new apprenticeships taken up. And a


third achievement of this government has been the number of young


disadvantaged 18-year-olds going into higher education. I would say


to him that we are in a very strong positive track record for what we


are doing for the under 25 is. Much more to do but in terms of getting


them into work, getting them into apprenticeships, getting them into


higher education, there is a good track record. The planned closure


and relocation of PwC offices will have a negative impact on many


towns. As well as causing major travel difficulties for employees


with caring responsibilities. Can I ask the leader of the House to urge


the Secretary of State to carry out a full impact assessment and bring


the results of that assessment together with the result of any


consultation to the House as soon as possible? Perhaps during an


opposition debate. He will know that in looking at maximising the value


for taxpayers from managing the estate, always any government


department will look at ensuring that access is good enough and that


the service is at least as good as it was previously. You also I'm sure


appreciate we need to live within our means. We have taken huge steps


to getting back to a position where we are on spending what we take.


Instead of adding to the debt and deficit that was left by the last


Labour government. So it's vital that where we can we seize the


opportunity to get better value for the taxpayer out of our government


estate. Can we have a debate about the future of Durham Tees Valley


Airport? The promise made to buy it and whether or not nationalisation


plans will be funded from the public purse? Think we all welcome


additional air travel opportunities and the sounds to me like an ideal


opportunity for an adjournment debate. Point of order? Not today.


Many constituents may find themselves sending money abroad this


summer. Can we have a statement regarding recent research into


transparency of consumer decisions on foreign exchange transactions?


He is right to raise the important issue of everyone going on holiday


and wishing everyone embarking on the holiday is a good time, but the


specific point he raises, I think he should probably race at an oral


questions. I'm not sure he has given me enough information to be able to


respond on exactly what he is after. On this occasion, it is a special


point of order. I think it is in relation to something that needs


clarification. If it is relevant to that point, I would take it now.


Could I ask the Leader of the House if she could clarify under our point


of order, did she announce new business of an opposition day in the


short session and if so, what date that would be? What I said to be


House was that through usual channels I'm aware that an


opposition day debate is being offered in that short period of


sitting in September. I wonder if you could clarify that there is a


means for the Leader of the House to correct the record. She has


suggested today that it is utterly normal for us not to have opposition


day debate by this stage. In 2015 by the summary says after the general


election we had already had five opposition