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fixing the problems they created.

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Business question, Valerie Vaz.

Could the Leader of the House please

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give us the forthcoming business?

Thank you. The business for next

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week will include Monday 26

February, estimates Day, first

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allotted day. Debate on Ministry of

Defence estimates, followed by a

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debate on the estimates of the

Department for exiting the European

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Union. Tuesday 27 February, debate

on the Housing and local government

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estimates regarding homelessness.

Followed by the Department for

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Transport's estimates. At 7pm, the

House will be asked to agree all

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outstanding estimates. Wednesday 28

Ledbury, a debate on a motion by the

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independent complete and grievance

policy, followed by the chairman of

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ways and Means naming opposed

Private business for consideration.

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Thursday, backbench debate, subject

to be confirmed. Followed by a

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general debate on St David's Day.

The House will not sit on Friday

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second March. Monday 5th of March,

second reading of the data

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protection Bill, Lords. Colleagues

will also wish to know that subject

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to the progress of business, the

House will rise at the end of

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business on Tuesday 24 July and

return on Tuesday for September. For

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the conference recess, the host will

rise at the close of business on

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Thursday 13 September and return on

Tuesday nine October. House will

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rise at the close on Tuesday six

November and return on 12 November.

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For the Christmas recess, the House

will rise at the conclusion of

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business on Thursday 20 December and

return on Monday seven January 2019.

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This week, the very best of British

has surely been on display. The

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BAFTA awards on Sunday went to a

number of Brits, including Best

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cinematographer, rising star and

Gary Oldman playing Winston

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Churchill. We've all been glued to

our televisions, watching our best

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ever Winter Olympics performance.

Winning three medals in one day,

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with Lizzy Yarnold successfully

defending her gold in the skeleton.

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Sports and the arts or of huge value

to our economy and this week has

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showcased them superbly. It is a

week are very important firsts for

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women. Congratulations to the First

Lady after of the Black Rod, as she

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takes up her role. And two minute

batters, the first female president

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of the National Farmers Union.

Finally, Her Majesty is still

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achieving firsts, as she appeared on

the front row of London Fashion Week

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and presented an inaugural award in

her name. Thank you.

Can I thank the

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Leader of the House for the business

for next week and say I want to

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repeat that it is the 21st century

and yet we are still celebrating

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firsts for women. That must change.

It is helpful to have the business

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for next week and also dates for

recess. I note that business stops

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on the 5th of March. What will

happen after that? If the government

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is looking for some time to fill,

could I ask the Leader of the House

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to provide us with another

opposition day. The last one

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allocated was 24 January. At this

time, there are two statutory

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instruments that have been prayed

against the Member for Ashton

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underlying. One is regarding

Universal Credit and free school

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meals. The other is regarding

abolishing nursing bursaries for

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postgraduate students. Will there be

time to debate those on the floor of

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the House? That is before the 40

days expire. What news of the trade

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bill and cross-border taxation

bills? And to the government will

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want to squash rumours they are

being pushed away. I want to of the

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House for her letter that I received

yesterday, but it is a bit like the

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Morecambe and Wise joke. I am

playing all the notes but not

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necessarily in the right order. The

letter is a bit like that. She's not

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answering the questions I asked. I

asked her about East Coast realign.

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I asked her to write to me regarding

what were the costs associated with

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the privatisation and taking back.

She didn't mention the inspector

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looking at Northamptonshire County

Council. I asked her to let you know

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how long the inspection would take

place and what are the terms of

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reference? We know Buckinghamshire

may also be of interest to you, Mr

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Speaker, setting an illegal budget.

They have lost government support.

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The leader needs to respond to that.

She has a very able civil service

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staff. I meet them on occasions.

Could I ask her to sign letters of

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slightly earlier, perhaps on a

Tuesday? The government had two

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advises -- advisers. It seems only

have both lost their jobs, the

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government seems to be reading the

Labour manifesto. You're having a

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review of tuition fees. It is

irrelevant whether more young people

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are going to university or not. All

students don't want to start off in

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life with a debt of 56,000. We know

because they are getting invoices

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yearly. The issue of the high pay

rise of vice chancellors was raised

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at the education select committee

hearing. MPs told a panel of vice

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chancellors that the high rate of

pay enjoyed by some university

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leaders is immoral. Given taxpayer

subsidies and rising levels of debt.

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And if they are not going to put

that, could we have a debate on the

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possibility of further regulation of

vice chancellors pay? Or will it be

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part for another year? It's almost a

year since Article 50 was triggered

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and we may know at the end of this

weekend exactly the government

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position. I don't know if you have a

copy of this letter marked private

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and confidential to the Prime

Minister but is teams everybody has

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had it now. If you haven't got it,

I'm happy to give it to you. It's

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actually quite disrespectful to the

Prime Minister, it is sent to the

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House of Commons and not Downing

Street. I'm not going to go into the

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grammar or anything else, but I want

to highlight one thing, leaving the

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customs union, they say leaving it

at the single market isn't a

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question of ideology but

practicality. So no mention of

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what's in the best interests of the

citizens of this country or in

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Northern Ireland. It's quite right

the member for love her brother --

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for Loughborough says it reads like

a ransom note, it might as well have

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had a bullet at the end of the night

saying do this all else. Signed by

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62 members, well over the magic

number of 40. It's a world thinking

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day on international friendship and

we want to stand by our

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international friends, the young

people in Florida who want to

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remember the 17 people murdered last

week. We they wanted change and

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watched the state capital. We were

not at the Brit awards yesterday but

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I am sure we will echo the words of

the young man who changed the

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industry, encouraging everyone to

vote, pray and speak out about

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mental health issues. And he won

many awards. Stormzy,

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congratulations.

The leader of the

House.

Thank you, I would like to

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share the honour of the Ladies

tributes to those tragically

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murdered in their prime, not even

reaching their prime, in the

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appalling killings in Florida. I

think we were all beyond shocked and

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in a slight despair of the fact it

happens time and time again and we

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desperately hope action will now be

taken to fulfil the wishes of those

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young people, that they grow up in

peace and security. I also always am

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very happy to pay tribute to people

who speak out about the importance

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of resolving the mental health of

the nation. I had the great pleasure

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to speak and an event run by MG, a

charity looking into research into

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mental health on Tuesday evening --

M June. They are doing everything

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they can to promote good mental

health and I am proud of the

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governments achievements in that

area. Returning to some of her

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points. I'm sorry she is grumpy

about my letter to her, I do my

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absolute best to be nothing but

courteous to the Right Honourable

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Lady who I respect enormously and

have the greatest regard for. I

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share her tribute to my civil

service teams but she will recognise

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is there is only a handful of them

and some require answers from

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departments. With regards to her

detailed questions about a

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Department for Transport matter, she

will know there are very often

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Department for Transport questions

in this Chamber and is also at

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liberty to ask the Secretary of

State for Transport herself with a

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detailed questions rather than to be

slightly churlish towards my team

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who are doing their very best on her

behalf. May I again say thank you to

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my own team for the excellent rate

of turnaround of letters for a very

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tiny department that we have. She

talks about some things I didn't

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include in my response to her. She

talks about the Inspectorate

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Northamptonshire County Council, his

report due by March the 16th. I'm

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sorry if that was omitted from my

letter. She talks about a number of

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things, and I see her friend sat

next to her has also gone on Twitter

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with a letter to me criticising

things I failed to say in the very

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courteous and timely response I gave

to her. Mr Speaker, perhaps you

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might give your thoughts on how

appropriate it is when one tries to

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be courteous to colleagues and they

simply go on Twitter accusing you of

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not saying things they would have

liked U2. So, it is a little

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discourteous -- that they would have

liked you to say. The Lady talks

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about tuition fees and the

government is taking a leaf out of

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Labour's manifesto. I don't think we

would ever is said we would scrap

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tuition fees because of the

appalling impact even the Opposition

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agreed would have on our economy.

What we are seeking to do is

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seriously look at what is the best

combination for delivering

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excellence in post-18 education at

an affordable price. The Lady raises

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the issue of a letter from a number

of Conservative MPs and as the Prime

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Minister 's spokesman made clear,

all contributions from all members

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across the House to our position on

Brexit are very welcome and all are

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taken into account.

Sir David Amess.

Well my friend finds time for a

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debate for support for women with

endometriosis? An inspirational

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constituents of mine suffers from

this crippling condition and is

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leading a local and national

campaign to raise awareness which I

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hope the House will support.

My

friend raises a very serious matter

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and I certainly congratulate his

constituent for her campaign.

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Statistics suggest that

endometriosis is the second most

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common gynaecological condition in

the United Kingdom affecting one in

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ten women and I would certainly

encourage him to apply for an

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adjournment debates to raise

awareness of this condition further.

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And I thank the House for announcing

this is for next week. I'm not sure

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whether the leader is going to this

Brexit bonding or war session this

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afternoon but can we have a debate

on what other dystopian nightmares

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Brexit is not going to be quite

alike. Apocalypse now, in a couple

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of years, children of men? My

favourite would have to be the

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matrix where we have a bunch of

clueless fantasists living in an

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alternative world believing they can

impose their version of reality on

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anyone else. It couldn't be more

out. Talking of alternative

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realities, we had English votes for

English laws in all its ad server

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glory yesterday. Both go on, off,

maize goes on and up, and nothing

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ever happens. There's no debate,

consideration of all these English

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only issues. Nothing goes on at all.

This is now becoming profoundly

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embarrassing for this House. It only

seems to be designed to get in the

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wake of the workings and procedures

of this House and is a psychological

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barrier to the unity of membership

of this House based on nationality

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and geography. For goodness' sake,

get shot of this absurd system we

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have in place. Lastly, I have the

good fortune of being and the Brits

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last night to see the cream of

British musical talent on show.

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Before you ask, MP4 were passed

again for Parliamentary Rock band of

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the year. It's taken musicians to

remind Parliament to do the right

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thing. Stormzy asked where the money

was for Grenfell Tower? You thought

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we were going to forget but we are

not and it's great artist and young

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people are reminding this

governments to do the right thing.

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Well, to deal with the matter of

Grenfell Tower, the Gentleman and

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all members across the House will

know that resolving the appalling

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tragedy to enable people to carry on

with their lives, to turn around the

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appalling physical and mental scars

from that awful night is an absolute

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priority for the government and it

will remain so. I'm very glad that

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he was able to enjoy the Brits, the

best of British, very important for

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someone such as himself. And I'm

sure MP4 will have their day, I'm

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sure they will. He talks about

English votes for English laws. He

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will appreciate that under the

devolution settlement, it is

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important that those who are

directly affected should be able to

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hold the majority on a vote so where

they are only affecting English or

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English and Welsh situations. And

finally, he talks about our life

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outside the EU. In my own opinion,

it's a much less Mad Max and far

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more Love, Actually.

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Mr Speaker, I'm not even going to

try and follow that one! I just

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received a report from data

diligence which the Lady will know

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because they pointed out the wrong

doings of Northamptonshire Council.

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They sent me a report to prove that

the council has been hiding money

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for years in financial Miss

Prudence. Can we please have a

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debate on this matter? It is

importance and shows local

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government is sometimes not worthy

of the trust we put in it.

The

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Gentleman has referred on this

occasion to the council. Can I ask

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him has he notified the honourable

member for Taunton that he intends

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to raise this matter?

I wrote to her

as in your guidance in the letter,

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thank you very much for it and

follow it to the letter.

Yes... This

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is becoming rather tiresome, to be

honest. I did try gently to exhort

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the honourable Gentleman to pursue

other lines of enquiry but I've

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permitted it is today but my

patience is not unlimited. The

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leader?

My friend will be away

business questions are about the

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business of this House and he would

be advised to speak to the local

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government departments directly with

his concerns.

Very grateful, Mr

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Speaker. If I can help the leader of

the House, it's been determined this

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morning the other item of business

on Thursday the first will be a

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motion on a seasonal migrant

workers. That has been settled this

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morning. Can I ask the House leader,

the Department for digital culture

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media and sport are backing the

exhibition of the novel which is

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being hosted in Gateshead and

Newcastle from June to September. --

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exhibition of the North. Could we

have time to promote the exhibition?

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I know the leader of the House

wouldn't normally ask this request

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to go to the backbench business

committee but that would hardly seem

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appropriate in my circumstances!

He

could always go and chat to himself

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in the mirror but it might appear

odd to anyone watching. I absolutely

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pay tribute to the great exhibition

of the North, hope it's a huge

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success and I'm sure he will find as

he has, great ways to promoted.

Can

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I perhaps to the chairman of the

backbench committee, there is a

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famous scene of one film there is a

scene where one Minister persuades

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himself. Can we talk about the

education funding agency, there is a

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particular situation in one school

for boys of State is on the case but

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an underlying picture of an

organisation whose procurement

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processes are top heavy, slow,

hierarchical, process driven and are

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sometimes resistance to advice from

external partners who often bring

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greater local knowledge to their

procurement processes.

I must say to

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him that I gather he was spotted in

a prominent place on the first night

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of the said performance and we hope

that he richly enjoyed himself. The

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leader?

My friend is a big champion

for his constituency and for

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education, and I absolutely

encourage him to take this up

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directly with ministers all through

adjournment debate.

Emma Hardy?

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Trans Pennine express have recently

downgraded the vital rail link from

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Hull to Leeds and Manchester to a

stopping service, means it now stops

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an additional six places along the

way. While I think it's important to

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have a stopping service to link

together smaller towns, I also think

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it's important to have an express

service as well. Please could we

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have a debate in government time

about a rail, activities for

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northern cities?

I think the Lady

raises an important point and she'll

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be aware there are transport

questions on Thursday the 1st of

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March. She might want to raise that

directly with ministers of them.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. The leader of

the House will be aware of Tesco's,

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that great retail giant, hungrily

taking over the wholesale of Booker.

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She will also be aware of the

concerns about that on the part of

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farmers and growers and food

producers. It would create an

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extraordinary distortion of the food

chain at the expense of all those

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important people. Will she encourage

those in the government responsible

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for agriculture and business to let

this House know what their feelings

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are about that market distortion?

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You will be a clear processes

surrounding takeovers and mergers

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and whether they are in the public

interest. He might wish to seek an

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adjournment debate to discuss this

particular issue for his

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constituency and its heavy reliance

on the agricultural sector.

My

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constituents have told me Universal

Credit claimants there are

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instructed to attend meetings 12

miles away, instead of their nearest

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centre which is three miles away.

Can we have a debate on how

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claimants from rural and semi rural

areas are affected by Universal

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Credit?

I think the honourable

gentleman raises an important point

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and you will be aware of the

government is committed to the

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roll-out of Universal Credit, which

is a good way to help more people

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into work. With regards to the

specific point he raises about

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access to job centres, for signing

up for Universal Credit, can I

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suggest to him that if he wants to

write to me I can take it up with

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the apartments directly on his

behalf.

Please can have a debate on

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the responsibilities of highways

England? A key part of the A1

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through my constituency was

announced in March. Bayfield to

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speak to local businesses and

residents. The lack of communication

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has been a real crisis for the area.

My honourable friend is right to

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raise this. I think a number of

members have had problems about lack

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of communication regarding

significant road closures. She might

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want to take up this issue at

transport questions next Thursday.

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When can we have an urgent debate

government time to talk about

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potholes and the state of our roads?

Not just local roads, but also more

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to raise.

He is right to raise the

issue of potholes. It is a big

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frustration for all of us. There are

lots of complaints in constituency

0:24:470:24:57

surgeries. Have been improvements in

recent years. I suggest he might

0:24:570:25:02

like to talk to the Backbench

Business Committee so that members

0:25:020:25:06

can share particular frustrations.

My question follows my honourable

0:25:060:25:14

friend's about the work of highways

England. The main road into Grimsby

0:25:140:25:28

is undergoing unexpected roadworks

at the moment. In view of the

0:25:280:25:33

concern amongst other members,

perhaps we could find time for a

0:25:330:25:37

government debate on the issue?

I'm

glad he is speaking after his

0:25:370:25:46

constituency. He might want to raise

it at transport questions in the

0:25:460:25:52

first instance.

Me I mention the sad

death of the American Evangelist

0:25:520:26:01

Billy Graham yesterday? He was very

saddened by the killing of children

0:26:010:26:09

in schools in America, but he also

would be appalled by the appalling

0:26:090:26:20

deaths of children in Syria. Can we

have a debate on that awful tragedy?

0:26:200:26:29

I certainly share his tribute to

Billy Graham who really was quite a

0:26:290:26:34

life changing character for many

people during his long life. And

0:26:340:26:40

share his grave concern about Syria.

The government has condemned the

0:26:400:26:44

appalling loss of life. We will do

all we can to ensure there is a

0:26:440:26:50

ceasefire and we make progress in

finding resolution in Syria.

Last

0:26:500:27:00

week, we brought together leaders

from across my constituency from

0:27:000:27:08

business, and transport providers,

to discuss how to make Harrogate and

0:27:080:27:13

Knaresborough more accessible for

disabled people. Can we have a

0:27:130:27:19

debate to look at how we can make

the UK more disability friendly?

Can

0:27:190:27:27

I congratulate my honourable friend

for his huge efforts in this area?

0:27:270:27:31

And commend him for that meeting

that he has called together? He

0:27:310:27:35

might be aware of the Backbench

Business Committee taking place

0:27:350:27:37

later today on the role of disabled

people and economic growth.

0:27:370:27:43

Government spends over £50 billion

per year on benefits to support

0:27:430:27:48

disabled people and people with

health conditions. At £7 billion

0:27:480:27:53

since 2010. There are 3.5 million

disabled people in work, up by

0:27:530:28:01

600,000 in the last four years.

There is more to do and more which

0:28:010:28:05

can be done, but were good progress.

Last year, a 13-year-old boy with a

0:28:050:28:14

dairy allergy died after allegedly

having cheese forced on him in

0:28:140:28:18

school. Next month, children will

watch Peter Rabbit in the cinema

0:28:180:28:30

forcing a character to digests food

that he is allergic to. Food allergy

0:28:300:28:39

is no laughing matter. Can we have a

debate on the bullying of children

0:28:390:28:46

with allergies which is clearly not

being taken seriously enough?

She's

0:28:460:28:52

raising an incredibly important

point and she is absolutely right to

0:28:520:28:55

highlight the seriousness of food

allergies. We should do all we can

0:28:550:29:00

to raise the importance and the

awareness of the potential

0:29:000:29:05

life-threatening impact of food

allergies. She may well want to seek

0:29:050:29:10

an adjournment debate to talk to

ministers directly on that point.

0:29:100:29:16

With the lambing season now upon us

and domestic dog attacks on

0:29:160:29:22

livestock at an all-time high, can

we have a debate on what the

0:29:220:29:26

government can do to limit the

devastating effect irresponsible dog

0:29:260:29:32

owners have on rural communities and

rural economy?

My noble friend is

0:29:320:29:38

absolutely right to raise this. I

think we've all seen photographs of

0:29:380:29:41

the appalling effect of a dog attack

on a field of sheep. It's hugely

0:29:410:29:48

distressing for the animals and the

farmers who look after them. As well

0:29:480:29:54

as having serious financial

imprecations. Dog owners can be

0:29:540:30:02

fined up to £1000 for worrying

animals. Farmers are encouraged to

0:30:020:30:06

report incidents. The dog welfare

code highlights to dog owners the

0:30:060:30:12

importance of keeping their dogs on

Leeds when near livestock.

0:30:120:30:19

University lecturers and staff are

currently in the largest ever strike

0:30:190:30:24

in higher education due to changes

in terms and conditions and

0:30:240:30:28

pensions. Can we have a debate about

protecting terms and conditions?

I

0:30:280:30:38

must declare an interest since my

eldest son is about to study for his

0:30:380:30:42

finals and now has no lecturers. At

a personal level, I cannot say that

0:30:420:30:50

I support innocent students who have

worked hard and paid our fees being

0:30:500:30:58

punished. The Universities Minister

is engaging with unions to make

0:30:580:31:05

clear to all parties the need to

find a solution that avoids

0:31:050:31:10

disruption to students.

Under this

government, the UK's weeding

0:31:100:31:19

international efforts to tackle tax

avoidance. Can we have a debate on

0:31:190:31:23

the impact this has on vital public

services? And what more we can do to

0:31:230:31:28

ensure that everybody pays their

fair share?

My honourable friend

0:31:280:31:33

raises an important point. He will

be as pleased as I am the government

0:31:330:31:37

has a strong record of tackling tax

avoidance, aviation and

0:31:370:31:43

noncompliance. Since 2010, HMRC has

secured additional revenue. The tax

0:31:430:31:56

gap is now down to 6%, its lowest

level ever and one of the lowest in

0:31:560:32:02

the world.

We still await the

government response to an

0:32:020:32:09

independent review won't last year.

Could we please have an urgent

0:32:090:32:22

debate on the perilous position of

broadcasting in Wales and the merits

0:32:220:32:27

of devolving responsibility for it

to the National Assembly in Wales?

I

0:32:270:32:33

share his enthusiasm for the Welsh

broadcasting service and support for

0:32:330:32:37

it. He may well wish to seek an

adjournment debate to take up

0:32:370:32:42

specific concerns with ministers.

Can we have a debate on local news

0:32:420:32:49

sites? A website in my constituency

started in June 2013. It complements

0:32:490:33:03

local print media. Will my right

honourable friend is join me in

0:33:030:33:10

congratulating the editor in his

retirement and hope that someone

0:33:100:33:15

will take over this successful site?

He is a real champion for all things

0:33:150:33:21

in Moray. Government is committed to

supporting an independent, vibrant

0:33:210:33:29

and plural press industry. Vital to

democracy. The website has published

0:33:290:33:35

thousands of stories in five years.

I am happy to congratulate him and

0:33:350:33:43

wish him a happy retirement.

Two

year six pupils in my constituency

0:33:430:33:50

wrote to me regarding the harm of

litter and plastics to our

0:33:500:33:57

environment. Will the leader

consider giving more time to a

0:33:570:34:06

debate on building an economy based

on clean energy?

I congratulate her

0:34:060:34:16

constituents. I'm sure she will be

delighted by the number of people

0:34:160:34:27

who have given up plastic for

alleged. The government has taken

0:34:270:34:30

great steps by reducing the number

of plastic bags by 9 billion. There

0:34:300:34:39

is a huge amount to do. We have

announced the intention to get call

0:34:390:34:43

of the system by 2025. There is more

to be done and the efforts of her

0:34:430:34:50

constituents are greatly

appreciated.

In the last two months

0:34:500:34:56

alone, 25 civilians and at least

seven service personnel have been

0:34:560:35:00

murdered by terrorists in Kashmir.

162 terrorist training bases have

0:35:000:35:07

been identified in Pakistan,

illegally occupied Kashmir. Could we

0:35:070:35:14

have a statement on what we can do

in this country to help and support

0:35:140:35:20

our great allies, India, in

combating this terrorism?

My

0:35:200:35:27

honourable friend raises an

incredibly serious point and he will

0:35:270:35:31

be aware that we work very closely

with all our allies to try and stamp

0:35:310:35:37

out terrorism and all terror

attacks. Evil, I'm sure, want to

0:35:370:35:42

raise this directly with Foreign

Office ministers or perhaps through

0:35:420:35:46

an adjournment debate, so he can get

specific detail on his particular

0:35:460:35:50

point.

One of my constituents was

the initial whistle-blower regarding

0:35:500:36:04

Barry Bennell. Can ask the Leader of

the House to make time available to

0:36:040:36:19

discuss this important issue?

He

raises an important issue. For the

0:36:190:36:23

many victims of that paedophile, I

think everyone in this House would

0:36:230:36:27

want to send their deepest

condolences and thoughts. It is

0:36:270:36:30

appalling some of the things that

happened to them. He may want to dig

0:36:300:36:36

it up in the first instance with the

Home Office at questions next

0:36:360:36:40

Monday.

According to a focus group,

attacks on Christians in India have

0:36:400:36:50

doubled in the last year to 736.

Attackers have been accusing

0:36:500:37:03

Christians of inciting attacks.

Could I ask the Leader of the House

0:37:030:37:07

for a debate on this issue?

0:37:070:37:13

He raises the issue of religious

freedom and he will be pleased to

0:37:130:37:17

know there is a backbench debate on

the 1st of March on freedom of

0:37:170:37:21

religion or belief, so he will have

the opportunity. It's his debate! He

0:37:210:37:28

has his debate, delighted on his

behalf and I'm sure it will be

0:37:280:37:33

successful.

After doing to know the

Gentleman is aware of the debates

0:37:330:37:38

taking place and it's his. Good

start!

I and a number of other

0:37:380:37:44

members have been raising with

government the 1984 camel layered

0:37:440:37:51

strike campaign, and will referred

to members of my registered interest

0:37:510:37:55

to the members sponsored. We have

been raising this for a number of

0:37:550:38:03

years, in April, October, injustice

questions, waiting for meetings that

0:38:030:38:07

have now been withdrawn. How can the

government be held to account when

0:38:070:38:11

they offer meetings and withdraw

them?

I'm sorry, I'm unaware of the

0:38:110:38:21

problem that the Gentleman is

raising with the Justice Department

0:38:210:38:25

if he wants to e-mail me, I can look

into it on his behalf.

Mr Speaker,

0:38:250:38:33

can we have an urgent debate on the

future of the children centre

0:38:330:38:37

network. This was one of the last

Labour government's proudest

0:38:370:38:42

achievements and has been cut back

drastically, on the basis there is

0:38:420:38:46

going to be a streamlining of the

service. If Gloucestershire is

0:38:460:38:50

anything to go by, we are now

potentially facing the closure of

0:38:500:38:54

the few remaining children centres.

Can we have a debate on this because

0:38:540:38:59

it is vital for the future of our

children we know what provision is

0:38:590:39:02

available.

I can say to whom I am an

enormous fan of children centres, I

0:39:020:39:09

think they were a fantastic

initiative and certainly provided

0:39:090:39:13

huge support for children. What he

will be aware of I'm sure is that

0:39:130:39:19

this government has invested

enormously in nurseries and

0:39:190:39:21

childcare, enabling many more

parents to be able to benefit by up

0:39:210:39:27

to £5,000 a year of tax-free

childcare and improvement in Morne

0:39:270:39:35

nursery care -- or nursery care and

qualified childcare, enabling more

0:39:350:39:38

families to have the assurance to be

able to go back to work knowing

0:39:380:39:42

their children are well cared for.

Mr Speaker, the leader of the House

0:39:420:39:50

will be well aware of legislation

passed last year to prevent the mass

0:39:500:39:53

farming of tickets by ticket touts,

but when we read that Hamilton now

0:39:530:39:59

sees tickets retailed at £6,000,

absolutely outrageous, isn't it time

0:39:590:40:05

we have a more comprehensive

legislation dealing with ticket

0:40:050:40:08

touting and an early statement from

the relevant department on this?

0:40:080:40:14

Having tried to get Hamilton tickets

myself only recently, I completely

0:40:140:40:19

agree with him! He seems to offer me

some tickets from his inside pocket,

0:40:190:40:25

Mr Speaker! But he's absolutely

right, touting is an enormous

0:40:250:40:30

problem and I certainly encourage

him to seek and adjournment debate

0:40:300:40:37

to raise those concerns.

My

constituent has faced a ten years of

0:40:370:40:43

harassment and anti-social behaviour

due to their neighbours using CCTV

0:40:430:40:47

to track their movements in and out

of their home. It was raised with

0:40:470:40:52

police, concerns around the camera

code of practice. Can I ask the

0:40:520:40:57

secretary or a Home Office Minister

to make a statement on the code and

0:40:570:41:01

its success rate five years after

being published by the government?

0:41:010:41:06

He raises a very concerning issue

and that must be horrible for his

0:41:060:41:11

constituents, to have to be harassed

in that way. He'll be aware there

0:41:110:41:16

are Home Office questions on Monday

and I encourage him to raise its

0:41:160:41:19

directly with ministers.

NatWest

bank is 73% publicly owned and in my

0:41:190:41:30

constituency of Cardiff North, as in

other communities across this

0:41:300:41:34

country, NatWest is closing many of

its high-street banking facilities.

0:41:340:41:39

What responsibility does the

government accept for the damage

0:41:390:41:42

caused to these local communities,

and will they bring forward a debate

0:41:420:41:47

on this issue and the justification

for it?

I certainly agree with the

0:41:470:41:56

Right Honourable Lady that access to

banking is vital. She will be aware

0:41:560:42:01

that the banks decisions on whether

to close our commercial decisions

0:42:010:42:04

are made by them, there is an

agreement made by the banking

0:42:040:42:09

sector. This can only be taken place

where volumes can justify that

0:42:090:42:15

closure. She will also be aware the

government is hosted by the post

0:42:150:42:21

Office network which provides basic

banking services for something like

0:42:210:42:26

98% of all personal and business

customers to carry out basic banking

0:42:260:42:30

transactions within the Post Office

network.

Last year, the Supreme

0:42:300:42:36

Court ruled that employment tribunal

fees were unlawful and all claimants

0:42:360:42:42

should receive their fees as a

refund. Latest figures show only 6%

0:42:420:42:47

of people have received those

refunds and I'm at a loss to

0:42:470:42:51

understand why it's a low figure

given the service will have details

0:42:510:42:55

of every person who makes a claim.

Can we have a statement from the

0:42:550:42:59

relevant Minister that people get

back the money they are legally

0:42:590:43:02

entitled to?

The Gentleman raises an

important point and one for the

0:43:020:43:07

Justice Department. If he wants to

write to me, I can take up the

0:43:070:43:12

decision but I encourage him to take

it up with the Justice Minister at

0:43:120:43:17

the next Justice questions.

Can we

have a statement on the role and

0:43:170:43:23

responsibilities of the UK

Government in supporting families of

0:43:230:43:26

UK citizens missing abroad. Liam

Coogan from Inverness went missing

0:43:260:43:30

from Hamburg on February the 10th

and his family are worried he is

0:43:300:43:35

injured. They are concerned about

the help he is getting, desperate to

0:43:350:43:41

find him and want to bring him home.

I'm really sorry to hear about that,

0:43:410:43:47

it must be an incredibly worrying

time for his family and I'm quite

0:43:470:43:51

sure they are desperate to hear news

of him. I encourage the honourable

0:43:510:43:55

Gentleman to make contact directly

with ministers to make sure he can

0:43:550:43:59

seek their support.

Helen and

Douglas House Hospice in Oxford is

0:43:590:44:05

having to close one of its centre is

due to lack of funding meaning it

0:44:050:44:10

cannot provide end of life care to

18-35 -year-old. Under 47,000 people

0:44:100:44:16

have signed a petition asking the

government to intervene, could we

0:44:160:44:20

have a debate on hospice funding?

I

share the Lady 's gratitude to Helen

0:44:200:44:30

and Douglas House who deliver an

amazing end of life care, not just

0:44:300:44:34

her constituents but also to some of

mine and I'm a huge in these last

0:44:340:44:37

for the hospice movement. The Lady

will be aware that local NHS

0:44:370:44:43

commissioners determine the level of

NHS funded hospices in their area

0:44:430:44:47

but I would like to reassure her

that NHS England have awarded £11

0:44:470:44:52

million in 2017-18 to children's

hospices through the children's

0:44:520:44:57

Hospice grant. But she is right to

raise this and may want to seek an

0:44:570:45:01

adjournment debate to discuss what

more can be done.

0:45:010:45:05

Why is the government dodging the

timetabling of opposition database?

0:45:090:45:14

I just don't accept the government

is dodging anything. We've been

0:45:180:45:22

absolutely clear, ever since I've

been a Leader of the Commons since

0:45:220:45:27

the general election. We have been

providing exactly the right

0:45:270:45:32

appropriate level of opposition

days, in accordance with standing

0:45:320:45:35

orders and continue to do that and

will continue to abide by the

0:45:350:45:39

conventions and standing orders of

this House.

Many members will have

0:45:390:45:44

noted the recent case of the doctor

Who was struck off after being

0:45:440:45:51

convicted of gross negligence and

manslaughter, an evident case of

0:45:510:45:55

institutional failure in the NHS

which could impact any junior

0:45:550:45:58

doctor. This has resulted in a loss

of confidence amongst the medical

0:45:580:46:02

profession. Can governments be

improved in the GMC so people can

0:46:020:46:09

have restored confidence in it?

We

are concerned about that case, there

0:46:090:46:14

is a balance between transparency

and enabling learning lessons to be

0:46:140:46:19

taken from awful outcomes and

situations. He's a right to raise

0:46:190:46:23

that case.

0:46:230:46:25

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