13/07/2017 House of Commons


13/07/2017

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

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

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

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

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approve the statutory instrument relating to international immunity

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

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of candidates and the public in the general election campaign.

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

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new Parliamentary Commissioner for standards followed by a general

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debate on matters to be raised before the forthcoming German.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to exit the European Union with maximum certainty, continuity and

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

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

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

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opposition members are appalled, saddened and bewildered in equal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Parliamentary democracy. Why does it take a standing order 24

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application, which we had on contaminated ballades and then a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Parliamentary democracy, ideas can be clarified and improved and a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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normal situation following the general election when the government

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

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select committees. She admits herself the private members sitting

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

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congratulate all be select committee chairs that the appointment

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

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for the select committees. The chiefs of the opposition parties

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

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

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absolutely getting on with the business at pace and absolutely in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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voted for them and they should actually support those people in

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

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

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day mentioned 155 about the potential closure of London Road in

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Harlow. The decision granted by Harlow Council has caused problems

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

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

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and is rejection of planning applications. I would like to

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congratulate my honourable friend for his selection as chairman of the

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

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

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

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

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congratulate the select committee chairs on the election yesterday.

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

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get the membership of these committees elected. The Speaker of

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the House generously offered his facility to ensure that if they

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

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

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

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legislation through Parliament. We still have no standing committees in

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

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

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

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allegations within the nations of the United Kingdom. They are

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

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

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

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the cliff edge. We will continue to look after the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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House aware of concerns regarding challenges to the democratic system

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

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anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong as a special

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administrative region, on the principle of one country two

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

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friend is raising an incredibly important point. The Foreign Office

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

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

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declaration, a legally binding treaty registered with the UN which

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

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

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

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

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for the backbench business committee in this parliamentary session. We

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would hope that the 27 days allocated in the normal

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parliamentary session will be doubled to 54 in a two year

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

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facilitate the membership of the business committee be brought

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

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

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

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

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

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As with opposition days, the allocation of backbench business

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

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

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

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

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

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Matthew Taylor report outlines they are indeed damaging for social

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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interns as workers to avoid paying the national minimum wage or

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National Living Wage is exploitative, illegal and it does

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represent a barrier to social mobility, by squeezing out

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candidates from less wealthy backgrounds. Jessica Bond. Last week

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I visited Shelley College, a school outstandingly rated in my

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

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

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

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The honourable lady will know that actually this government has

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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House is aware Hemel Hempstead is the biggest town in Hertfordshire

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

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

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

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rubber stamping or closures for Hemel Hampstead Hospital. Can we

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

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

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

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

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rules about accountability and consultation with patients and any

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decisions should be led by clinicians. In consultation with

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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government inflicted on local authorities? Grand belltower is one

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

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

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

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

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

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requiring other local authority areas to check what kind of fire

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regulations and cladding and what other risks are being phased in

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

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

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

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

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

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intensive care, and specialist respiratory services, such as for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CHD services. NHS England is currently running a review of

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congenital heart services across the country, before finally deciding on

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

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

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

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

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

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Scottish government has been on recent economic measures, will the

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

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responsibility to Scotland? The honourable lady raises a point where

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

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

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

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

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Today we are introducing the withdrawal Bill which implements the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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interesting that the members opposite chancer? They are not

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Executive of the Royal infirmary left after putting the hospital into

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a terrible state and moved to another which subsequently has moved

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

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

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

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

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

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concerning issue regarding one individual. But also that big issue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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environment Secretary that the Government is considering

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

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

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

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something I am absolutely passionately concerned about. I was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Housing Association disposed of housing stock. Will the Government

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

:27:28.:27:30.

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

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

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

:27:44.:27:47.

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

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

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

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honourable friend to tour the many vineyards in my constituency where

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

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

:28:16.:28:19.

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

:28:20.:28:22.

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

:28:23.:28:32.

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

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

:28:38.:28:41.

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

:28:42.:28:46.

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

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

:28:51.:28:59.

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

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

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

:29:11.:29:13.

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

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backing by Sheffield City Council and the Chamber of Commerce,

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blatantly ignoring the wishes of the other three councils in South

:29:23.:29:26.

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

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honourable gentleman will know there has been wide consultation on routes

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

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They will continue to be many opportunities for consultation. I

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urge the honourable gentleman to take every opportunity to feed into

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

:29:51.:30:04.

practices by private car parking companies? Smart parking have taken

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

:30:09.:30:11.

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

:30:12.:30:16.

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

:30:17.:30:20.

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

:30:21.:30:25.

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

:30:26.:30:29.

ripping off my constituents and their customers, but having a

:30:30.:30:33.

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

:30:34.:30:40.

practices from rogue companies like Smart parking? I think all

:30:41.:30:52.

honourable members will share his disgust that some of the activities

:30:53.:30:54.

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

:30:55.:30:57.

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

:30:58.:30:59.

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

:31:00.:31:06.

consumers to seek compensation when they have been the victims of

:31:07.:31:09.

aggressive or misleading debt collection practices. This is an

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

:31:19.:31:23.

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

:31:24.:31:28.

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

:31:29.:31:41.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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discussing the abuse of candidates which is putting people off from

:32:48.:32:51.

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

:32:52.:32:56.

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

:32:57.:33:01.

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

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

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

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

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

:33:22.:33:26.

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

:33:27.:33:31.

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

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

:33:37.:33:42.

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

:33:43.:33:46.

discussion with the Metropolitan Police about the problem of

:33:47.:33:50.

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

:33:51.:33:54.

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

:33:55.:34:00.

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

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individual chief officers, taking into account specific local problems

:34:05.:34:12.

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

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

:34:15.:34:19.

ministerial committee to bring in a devolved administration to make sure

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

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

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agreement regarding triggering Article 50. Since the election, no

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

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

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widely on all matters regarding devolution. Those compilations have

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

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no powers that currently reside in devolved administrations will be

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withdrawn and there will be opportunities for more devolved

:35:18.:35:21.

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

:35:22.:35:25.

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

:35:26.:35:30.

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

:35:31.:35:34.

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

:35:35.:35:39.

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

:35:40.:35:47.

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

:35:48.:35:52.

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

:35:53.:35:59.

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

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

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

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causing damaged an answer to local committees. Local authorities and

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

:36:18.:36:21.

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

:36:22.:36:30.

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

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

:36:35.:36:39.

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

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

:36:43.:36:46.

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

:36:47.:36:51.

granting opposition day debate and doubling the number of backbench

:36:52.:36:59.

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

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

:37:03.:37:06.

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

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

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

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

:37:23.:37:25.

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

:37:26.:37:34.

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

:37:35.:37:39.

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

:37:40.:37:42.

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

:37:43.:37:49.

made with the DUP the government very generously and very wisely

:37:50.:37:53.

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

:37:54.:37:58.

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

:37:59.:38:03.

benefits of such a study elsewhere in the United Kingdom and

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

:38:07.:38:15.

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

:38:16.:38:22.

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

:38:23.:38:28.

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

:38:29.:38:32.

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

:38:33.:38:36.

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

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

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

:38:44.:38:48.

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

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

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may well want to apply for a Westminster Hall or adjournment

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debate to put forward his suggestions. When can be house

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

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gullible government in agreeing to buy the dearest electricity in the

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

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

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

:39:33.:39:37.

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

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

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

:39:47.:39:52.

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

:39:53.:39:57.

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

:39:58.:40:01.

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

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

:40:07.:40:11.

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

:40:12.:40:14.

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

:40:15.:40:22.

steps. This particular project protects taxpayers from the cost of

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

:40:30.:40:37.

phase two HS2 Bill next Monday. According to Parliamentary

:40:38.:40:44.

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

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

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

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

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completely agree. Consultation is important and I will certainly take

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

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

:41:16.:41:20.

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

:41:21.:41:24.

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

:41:25.:41:30.

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

:41:31.:41:36.

be aware that the business has already been announced for next

:41:37.:41:43.

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

:41:44.:41:46.

management companies is a national scandal which is leaving homeowners

:41:47.:41:51.

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

:41:52.:41:55.

debate to explore a solution which addresses the actions of these

:41:56.:42:00.

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

:42:01.:42:05.

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

:42:06.:42:10.

interest in reforming residential leasehold, as outlined in our

:42:11.:42:14.

housing White Paper to improve fairness and transparency. The White

:42:15.:42:18.

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

:42:19.:42:24.

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

:42:25.:42:28.

needs to be done to promote greater transparency and fairness for

:42:29.:42:33.

leaseholders, including whether all developers and managing agents are

:42:34.:42:36.

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

:42:37.:42:38.

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

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

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

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The honourable gentleman raises a harrowing at issue and many

:43:18.:43:22.

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

:43:23.:43:26.

should be raising at the Foreign Office questions and it certainly

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

:43:32.:43:42.

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

:43:43.:43:48.

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

:43:49.:43:51.

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

:43:52.:43:56.

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

:43:57.:44:02.

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

:44:03.:44:07.

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

:44:08.:44:12.

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

:44:13.:44:16.

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

:44:17.:44:21.

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

:44:22.:44:28.

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

:44:29.:44:34.

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

:44:35.:44:37.

letter from the Chancellor yesterday confirming a decision committing

:44:38.:44:41.

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

:44:42.:44:45.

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

:44:46.:44:49.

opportunity to properly scrutinise these decisions before they are

:44:50.:44:56.

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

:44:57.:45:01.

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

:45:02.:45:06.

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

:45:07.:45:10.

this place last week that the decisions on closures have been

:45:11.:45:15.

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

:45:16.:45:19.

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

:45:20.:45:23.

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

:45:24.:45:27.

further than would be reasonably expected.

:45:28.:45:32.

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

:45:33.:45:50.

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

:45:51.:45:55.

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

:45:56.:46:02.

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

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

:46:06.:46:13.

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

:46:14.:46:18.

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

:46:19.:46:26.

many casualties of this recent general election has been the

:46:27.:46:28.

government's consultation on sentences and penalties for those

:46:29.:46:36.

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

:46:37.:46:42.

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

:46:43.:46:50.

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

:46:51.:46:54.

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

:46:55.:47:03.

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

:47:04.:47:13.

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

:47:14.:47:18.

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

:47:19.:47:24.

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

:47:25.:47:28.

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

:47:29.:47:36.

contracts when four political parties in the general election were

:47:37.:47:44.

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

:47:45.:47:49.

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

:47:50.:47:53.

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

:47:54.:47:57.

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

:47:58.:48:02.

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

:48:03.:48:06.

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

:48:07.:48:11.

quite significant costs, the decision was taken to announce the

:48:12.:48:14.

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

:48:15.:48:25.

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

:48:26.:48:28.

but I will certainly write to him with it.

:48:29.:48:39.

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

:48:40.:48:46.

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

:48:47.:48:51.

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

:48:52.:48:59.

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

:49:00.:49:04.

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

:49:05.:49:07.

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

:49:08.:49:12.

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

:49:13.:49:16.

congratulate his constituents for their efforts and hopefully enjoy

:49:17.:49:23.

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

:49:24.:49:29.

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

:49:30.:49:36.

Can we have a debate about the lamentably inadequate national

:49:37.:49:44.

regulations which is currently overseeing a situation where many of

:49:45.:49:49.

the senior members of the organisation team who were in charge

:49:50.:49:53.

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

:49:54.:50:00.

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

:50:01.:50:05.

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

:50:06.:50:09.

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

:50:10.:50:13.

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

:50:14.:50:17.

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

:50:18.:50:22.

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

:50:23.:50:25.

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

:50:26.:50:31.

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

:50:32.:50:36.

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

:50:37.:50:40.

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

:50:41.:50:51.

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

:50:52.:50:57.

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

:50:58.:51:01.

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

:51:02.:51:06.

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

:51:07.:51:09.

flexibility of post office opening hours means that for many

:51:10.:51:12.

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

:51:13.:51:17.

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

:51:18.:51:23.

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

:51:24.:51:26.

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

:51:27.:51:35.

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

:51:36.:51:38.

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

:51:39.:51:42.

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

:51:43.:51:47.

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

:51:48.:51:52.

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

:51:53.:51:58.

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

:51:59.:52:03.

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

:52:04.:52:09.

efforts to deal with all those normal re-establishment of

:52:10.:52:12.

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

:52:13.:52:17.

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

:52:18.:52:24.

debate. She will have the opportunity to raise the specifics

:52:25.:52:28.

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

:52:29.:52:33.

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

:52:34.:52:37.

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

:52:38.:52:41.

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

:52:42.:53:07.

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

:53:08.:53:13.

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

:53:14.:53:20.

the Secretary of State to spend weeks and months getting government

:53:21.:53:27.

action. Can she advise what discussions the Secretary of State

:53:28.:53:34.

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

:53:35.:53:37.

the Secretary of State date for Scotland always avoids answering my

:53:38.:53:44.

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

:53:45.:53:50.

achievements for Scotland? He will appreciate I cannot possibly explain

:53:51.:53:54.

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

:53:55.:53:57.

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

:53:58.:54:01.

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

:54:02.:54:11.

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

:54:12.:54:16.

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

:54:17.:54:24.

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

:54:25.:54:31.

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

:54:32.:54:42.

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

:54:43.:54:48.

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

:54:49.:55:02.

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

:55:03.:55:10.

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

:55:11.:55:14.

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

:55:15.:55:18.

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

:55:19.:55:22.

volunteers to develop these programmes for running together

:55:23.:55:24.

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

:55:25.:55:30.

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

:55:31.:55:36.

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

:55:37.:55:42.

monitor properly small ports regarding smuggling and illegal

:55:43.:55:51.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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is running a review of congenital heart services across the country

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before finally deciding on implementing any change. As I said

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

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

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

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

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

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government time about income equality? Research shows that we

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

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discriminated against. Youth unemployment in this country has

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

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achievements in this country. Another enormous achievement has

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been the number of new apprenticeships taken up. And a

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third achievement of this government has been the number of young

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

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

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

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

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

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

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towns. As well as causing major travel difficulties for employees

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

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

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the results of that assessment together with the result of any

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

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

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for taxpayers from managing the estate, always any government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Many constituents may find themselves sending money abroad this

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summer. Can we have a statement regarding recent research into

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transparency of consumer decisions on foreign exchange transactions?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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opposition day debate is being offered in that short period of

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

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

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

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

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election we had already had five opposition

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