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in order to do that.

Order. Business

question. Valerie Vaz.

Will the

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Leader of the House give us the

forthcoming business?

Leader of

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House of Commons.

Thank you, the

business for the week commencing

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12th March will be on Monday 12th,

remaining stages of financial

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guidance and claims bill. Tuesday

13th, my honourable friend the

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Chancellor will deliver his spring

statement. Followed by a debate on

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motions relating to universal

credit, children and young persons

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and social security. Wednesday 14th,

a general debate on European affairs

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day one. Thursday 15th March,

conclusion of a general debate on

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European affairs. Friday 16th March,

private members bills. The business

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for if week commencing #19th will

include second reading of secure

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tenancies victims of domestic abuse

bill. Today, Parliament is flying

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the flag for international women's

day and this year is particularly

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special as we mark the centenary of

some women getting the right to

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vote. We will be celebrating women's

achievement and I hope all members

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will be hosting an equality in their

constituency to celebrate democratic

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equality and the opportunity to have

cake and eat it! We have achieved

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much but there is a long way to go.

And today the Home Office has

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launched a consultation on proposals

for a new domestic violence bill to

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tackle the plight of the nearly two

million living with this problem. I

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feel lucky to have not one or two,

but not even three, but four

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brilliant female apprentices in my

private offices and my Parliamentary

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office. Many members are marking

national apprenticeship week and I

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would encourage any member and every

business to offer the valuable

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experience of an apprentice ship to

young people. And lastly, this week

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marks the birthday of our own

resident rock star, the member for

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Perth. I hear that he is 21 again!

But actually I might be confusing

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that with his majority! But I'm

sure... I'm sure he is not much

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older than that. And I hope the

whole House will join me in wishing

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him a very happy birthday for form

-- tomorrow.

Can I thank the Leader

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of the House for the business and

also for her speech and I wonder if

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that is going to happen every time.

Debite telling me that -- despite

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telling me statements were not going

to be made in the House I'm glad she

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has told us the date of spring

statement. Is there any reason why

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the Leader of the House is

announcing the business just one

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week and a day at a time. That seems

to be a change. I asked about the

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legislation on restoration and

renewal when is that likely to come

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back? There was a good turn out for

the debate. Every day that goes by

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that we don't do something, further

costs are incurred. I asked about

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the trade bill and she didn't

answer. It seems like all the

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important legislation is delayed. Is

think Government a no-business

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Government? I do thank the Leader of

the House for finding time for the

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statutory instruments. There one

missing about the regulations

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abolishing nursing bursaries. There

has been a 33% fall in applications

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for nursing degrees and it helps

women returners. Perhaps the

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Chancellor might make a concession

in the spring statement on the

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bursaries. Because after that when

we do debate the statutory

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instruments people will see cuts to

free school meals, ending free child

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care to two-year-olds and universal

credit regulations that will affect

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self-employed and disabled people.

That what is you get with with a

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woman Prime Minister perhaps. The

reports on plastic bottles which was

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push lished in December and

disposable coffee cups on 5th

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January. Would the leader find time

for that debate and find time for a

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debate on the announcement by the

president of the United States on

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tariffs on our steel and aluminium?

We have a sitting Friday on 16th

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March, I don't know if the leader is

aware a leadure motion was moved

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after two hours of debate stopping

our spokesman from speaking. She is

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stopped in mid speech. Is that going

to be the normal case. In which case

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we need to warn the member for

Glasgow South who is second on the

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list, because his bill will come up

much more quickly than before. She

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promised the list of ministerial

responsibilities in March and I

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think it is 8th March, could we have

that please? And will there be a

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further day on, we have two debates

on the UK's exit from the EU. Will

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there be further day or could the

opposition dare to dream we have an

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opposition day? Despite setting ow

our speech to the mansion house,

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only two thousand words to the

house. I feel robbed. We need a

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third allotted day as we come up to

the year of triggering Article 50.

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The Prime Minister said on Monday

that the Government is looking at

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customs arrangements, including the

border between the United States and

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Canada, but the Irish Prime Minister

actually visited that border and

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said it is definitely not a solution

that we could possibly entertain.

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What about if former Deputy Prime

Minister who criticised the Prime

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Minister when he said, why haven't

we got any closer with the issues.

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The answer is because no one has any

answer about what to do. If you

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followed the speech and it was a

recipe for a cake, you couldn't even

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bake a cake. It couldn't bake a

cake, even if it was a double cherry

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Genoa cake. If it was a road map, it

was a road map to nowhere. Mr

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Speaker you have been fantastic, you

have your reference group for

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international women's day and you

have had in 2010 before I came to

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the House I saw the conference on

Parliamentary inclusion. But we have

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international women's day and women

consultants in the NHS have earned

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14,000 a year less than men. The

House of Commons library said that

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women are paying a price for balance

the books. There may be a woman

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Prime Minister, but the leader of

the opposition is a person of deeds,

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he has 50% of women in his Shadow

Cabinet, the Government only have

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26%. The opposition party is leading

the way with representation of

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women, we make up 45% of the

Parliamentary partry. Could I ask --

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party. Could I ask if she could make

representations to the Foreign

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Secretary for Nazanin

Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Could she urge

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him to make representations on her

release that could have been done

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before Christmas and there are

schoolgirls that have been kidnapped

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again in Nigeria. On the day we have

got the National Audit Office

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talking of cuts to services

published today, almost 50% I want

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to thank all the public services for

all their hard work over this

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inclement weather and they have

protect us and made sure we are all

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safe. Thank you.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker, and I

certainly will join with the

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honourable lady in thanking all

those who worked so hard during this

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period of really difficult and

challenging weather, and also all of

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those who had to bear the brunt of

sitting on trains that couldn't move

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due to the weather. I think there

was a real effort and community

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spirit which everyone should be

congratulated on. She raised a

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number of legislative issues which

I'm very glad she did because quite

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often she asks about policy issues

which are not technically a matter

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for business questions. Chests about

legislation on renewal. She knows

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that we will be bringing forward

legislation on the establishment of

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a delivery authority and a sponsor

body as soon as possible. On the

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trade bill with discussed last week

the fact there are number of

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amendments being foot forward. The

Government considers those

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carefully, is right we will always

consider amendments put forward to

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try to improve legislation as we

enter into this very important

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decision to leave the European Union

and we make steps to prepare

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ourselves in the best possible way.

I'm glad she's happy about the

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statutory instrument debates, which

we will be having next week. Chests

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about nursing training places, she

will be aware there is an increase

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in nursing training places of 25%,

the biggest increase ever. She also

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raises the question of plastics and

what we are doing there and I hope

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she as I have signed up to plastic

free Lent trying to minimise the use

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of single plastics during the period

as an opportunity for ourselves to

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really highlight the importance of

reducing plastics. This Government's

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record is very good on that with the

determination in our 25 year

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environment plans to be the first

generation that leaves our

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environment in a better state than

we found it. She asks about the talk

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about tariffs coming out of the

United States on steel and

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aluminium. We are concerned about

that. As she will be aware, in the

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UK we have ourselves made social and

economic factors part of the

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consideration for public sector

procurement of steel. We have

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commissioned research to identify

high value opportunities for UK

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steel worth up to nearly 4 billion a

year by 2030 and we have certainly

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made great steps to support our

steel sector since 20 to the cost of

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renewables and climate change

policies but she's right to raise

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concerns about US policy in this

area and the Prime Minister has

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spoke with President Trump recently

and raised a concern at his

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forthcoming announcement on steel

and aluminium tariffs. Multilateral

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action is the only way to resolve

the problem of global overcapacity

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in all parties' interests. Just

again about ministerial

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responsibilities, that list will be

forthcoming as soon as possible once

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those positions have been confirmed

with all departments. She asks about

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the debate on the European Union. I

think she's happy we are having

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those debates, this is in response

to the request from many honourable

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and right honourable members to be

able to talk in general terms about

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their ideas and proposals for how we

leave the European Union. We have

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had a very important speech from the

Prime Minister last week and of

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course we have the EU Council coming

up soon where we hope to secure

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implementation period so now is a

very good time for all honourable

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and right honourable members to put

forward their thoughts and views.

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Finally she asks for representations

about Mr Gary Ratcliffe.

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-- -- this Nazanin

Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

On the 2nd of

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February this year, my private

member's bill, the parking code of

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practice bill received a second

reading, thanks to support from the

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Government and support from the

official opposition, and support

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from the Scottish National Party for

which I'm obliged. However the bill

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cannot proceed any further until the

ways and means notion is tabled.

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Will the Leader of the House speak

to our mutual friend the patronage

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secretary, the Chief Whip, and

hopefully agree with him this is a

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matter which should be tabled sooner

rather than later?

My honourable

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friend raises a very important

issue. The Government has expressed

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support for a number of private

member's bill is so far in this

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session and we continue to work with

the relevant members in charge. That

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will include bringing forward money

resolutions on a case-by-case basis

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in the usual way.

Order. Offering my

best birthday wishes for the

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honourable member for North Pole

show tomorrow. Perhaps I can borrow

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the observation of the honourable

gentleman the Member for Gateshead

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and apply it to the honourable

gentleman. Fortunately he's not yet

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at the age at which the cost of the

candles exceeds the cost of the

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cake.

Thank you very much for that,

Mr Speaker, and can I thank the

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Leader of the House for her kind

birthday wishes. Birthdays are more

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to be noted then celebrated. Can I

wholeheartedly also welcome

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International Women's Day and page

rebuke to all of these incredible

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women throughout history who have

contributed so much to the progress

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of other communities and acknowledge

we still have so much to do to reach

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the truly equal society to which we

should all aspire. Half the world

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saw that incredible speech from my

honourable friend for Paisley

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yesterday on misogyny. A powerful,

profound personal account of some of

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the misogynistic abuse she has

suffered just for being a young

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woman in politics. On International

Women's Day, can the Leader of the

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House consider making misogyny the

hate crime and proactively legislate

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and ensure this is something we can

start to make part of the history of

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the women's movement in this

country? We are having a day of

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action on Saturday, an issue which

continues to upset and concerned

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communities that we represent. The

Scottish affairs committee which our

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chair has finally secured RBS CEO to

come in front of the committee to

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answer questions about the closure

programme, but the one group of

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people we have not heard from and

who still refuse to speak to us are

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the majority shareholder, this

Government. The Government is the

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steward of the public interest in

this so will she join me in

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insisting they come to answer

questions about what they are doing

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to represent our interests. Lastly,

we made a statement on the emerging

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constitutional crisis on Brexit, the

Government say it will push ahead on

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amendments in clause 11 without any

agreement from the Scottish

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Government. The BBC say they have a

letter in which the Government says

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it cannot counter the power grab

claims. Perhaps they cannot counter

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the power grab claims because that's

exactly what it is.

Mr Speaker, to

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the honourable gentleman's first

point, I'm very appalled, as I think

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all honourable members are, to hear

of the experiences of his honourable

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friend and I sincerely apologise to

her own behalf of everybody here for

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the appalling abuse she has

received. It is utterly unacceptable

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and of course in my role as Leader

of the Commons if she wanted to talk

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to me I would be very happy to do so

and see if there's anything specific

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I can do. As you know, we have

worked tirelessly cross-party to put

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in place or independent complaints

procedure. Whether that would, if it

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were up and running today, have gone

some way to improving the honourable

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lady's situation I'm not sure, but I

certainly hope that our commitment

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across this House and the other

place to stamping out abuse and to

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making our Parliament one of the

best places to work and to be

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employed is going to stand us in

good stead for the future. To his

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second point about RBS, I'm very

aware of the grave concerns

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expressed in a number of occasions

by honourable members on his side of

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the House about buying closures and

he will be aware these are

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commercial decisions, there are

procedures to go through before a

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bank decides to close in terms of

consultation with local communities

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but I would just point out to him

that one of his honourable friend

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has an adjournment debate on banking

in Scotland next week on the 14th of

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March and I'm sure that he will want

to take part on that. Finally, the

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honourable gentleman raises the

issue of the Scottish party's

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continuity bill. The EU Withdrawal

Bill will provide consistency across

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the UK to middle all parts of the UK

are ready for our departure from the

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EU and we are still hopeful we can

reach agreement with the default of

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the decisions on the bill in coming

weeks.

In a recent debate on the

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family test in the Lords, probably

better called family impact

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assessment, there was good

cross-party support for the private

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member's bill promoting a more

satisfactory application of this

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test than currently appears to be

the case from several questions I've

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asked across government departments

recently. Would the leader

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facilitate the safe passage of this

bill in the other place by liaising

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with the leader of there so it can

be brought to this House for

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consideration as possible?

I would

first of all like to really commend

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and congratulate my honourable

friend for the amazing work she does

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cross-party and Crosshouse on

supporting families. I totally share

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her desire to see the strengthening

families of all types and salts, and

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in particular I know she shares

might have for the importance of

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early attachment and giving every

baby the best start in life I

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absolutely support her desire to see

the family test carefully applied

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and would be delighted to meet with

her to discuss how I can

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specifically help her.

Very

grateful, Mr Speaker, and I note

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from the business statement leader

that backbench business committee

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has been given a holiday from

backbench business debate. We do

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have a number of outstanding

applications waiting for time

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allocation and I would therefore

hoped would get some time before the

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Easter recess in order to get some

of those debates timetabled. I'm

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afraid the chickens have come home

to roost with regard to the

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membership of the backbench business

committee, despite the fact we had

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three members present on Tuesday

that is not... Where we the choir

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four whereas we currently only have

six members.

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I would just gently like to point

out to the honourable gentleman that

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there is government by next week for

a Welsh affairs debate and we were

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all very disappointed on Saint

Davids Day when, due to the awful

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weather and the need for members to

get home before the train station is

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closed and so on, not only I was at

the Number Ten reception for St

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David's Day and very sadly we missed

out on the Welsh schools choir who

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couldn't get there and that was a

great shame so we are delighted to

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offer government time for that

debate to continue to take place

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notwithstanding its under government

time, and I will of course ensure I

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make representations where necessary

for his outstanding applications. I

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have raised with colleagues what we

can do to facilitate extra

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Conservative members on the

backbench unity and will continue to

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press for that. If he would like to

write to me on the subject, I'm

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happy to look at that matter very

seriously.

You will notice how works

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if conventions are followed and as

my right honourable friend said

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earlier about private member's bill

's, my private member's bill passed

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on the 1st of December, also another

private member's bill about

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constituencies passed on Monday.

Both were unopposed. Unfortunately,

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this is more than three months

later, no money resolutions have

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been forthcoming. That means there

can only be one bill at any one

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time, there is none in committee

because of this. This looks to be an

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obstruction of the private member's

bill system by the Government. I'm

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sure that's not the case, well I'm

not sure that's not the case, but

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will the Leader of the House arrange

for an urgent statement next week so

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this can be discussed?

Earlier

question was asked about migratory

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speeches and in the course of the

question a number of members on the

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opposition benches noted the

honourable gentleman has migrated

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from his usual seat to his new seat.

I don't think any significance need

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be read into that and I can assure

the House even if it is thought to

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be unusual I don't think it means he

is suddenly broke the European

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Union.

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The Leader of the House.

Thank you

Mr Speaker and I I'm slightly

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disappointed my honourable friend is

a bit suspicious, how could he

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think, particularly of me, since we

are very much honourable friends.

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What I can say to him, as I did to

our other honourable friend, the

0:23:400:23:48

Government has supported private

members bills and indeed the

0:23:480:23:52

Government does support the health

and social care bill that my

0:23:520:23:55

honourable friend is bringing

through as a private member's bill

0:23:550:23:58

and we will bring forward money

resolutions on a case by case basis

0:23:580:24:03

in the usual way.

I appreciated the

comments the honourable lady made

0:24:030:24:12

about the President Trump's

announcement on steel tariffs I

0:24:120:24:18

think we need the Secretary of State

to make a statement. 10% of UK steel

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is exported to the US. It has huge

implications. Particularly

0:24:240:24:31

post-Brexit.

The honourable lady

raises an important issue, as I

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mentioned to the shadow leader, the

Prime Minister has spoke within

0:24:350:24:38

President Trump and raised our grave

concern at his proposals. I can also

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tell the honourable lady that my

honourable friend the Secretary of

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State for international trade is

speaking with Wilber Ross, the US

0:24:470:24:54

Commerce Secretary and this and she

hay be aware there has been an

0:24:540:24:59

overnight briefing that tariffs may

not apply to allies. This a moving

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issue. And we will continue to take

every step to protect the UK's steel

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and aluminium sectors.

On Monday, my

honourable friend the Secretary of

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State for housing, communities and

local government made a welcome

0:25:160:25:20

statement on housing and planning.

Sadly, this coincided with the

0:25:200:25:25

select committee meeting so, those

of us that have a degree of

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expertise on this were unable to

question him on the new policies.

0:25:290:25:36

Equally, the estimate day we had on

homeless was oversubscribed, which

0:25:360:25:44

meant colleagues could only make

short contributions. Could we find

0:25:440:25:49

time for a general debate on housing

and planning so members on all sides

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can express their views and tease

out some of the policies that the

0:25:530:25:57

Government is proposing?

Well my

honourable friend will be aware that

0:25:570:26:03

the Prime Minister has been very

clear that sorting out or broken

0:26:030:26:06

housing market is one of her top

priorities. She is determined to see

0:26:060:26:11

young people able to aspire to a

home of their own and that means

0:26:110:26:16

building more houses, changing

planning and protecting tenants and

0:26:160:26:21

sorting out things like leases on

new homes. They are part of my

0:26:210:26:28

honourable friend the Secretary of

State's new policies. I would also

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like to pay tribute to my honourable

friend for his homelessness

0:26:320:26:36

reduction act which the Government

has implemented and is part of our

0:26:360:26:40

determination to deal with the

problem of homelessness and rough

0:26:400:26:43

sleeping in this country.

Mr

Speaker, cancer research UK say

0:26:430:26:49

obesity is the second most

preventible cause of cancer. The

0:26:490:26:53

Government is reviewing it is

childhood obesity strategy, may we

0:26:530:26:58

have a debate on stopping junk food

adverts before the 9 o'clock water

0:26:580:27:03

shed to help reduce childhood

obesity.

I share the honourable

0:27:030:27:10

gentleman's concern at childhood

obesity. It appears we have a

0:27:100:27:14

growing problem. He may well want to

seek an adjournment debate to talk

0:27:140:27:19

to ministers about his own ideas.

Mr

Speaker, as we are aware we need

0:27:190:27:31

more housing to be built and we can

say that is good. I can name and I

0:27:310:27:36

won't name councils who have used

private companies and estate agents

0:27:360:27:40

to further their aims. My council

has been dragged into one of these

0:27:400:27:44

situations, can we have a debate on

making sure there is a clear

0:27:440:27:49

understanding between developers,

estate agents, planners and

0:27:490:27:53

companies, because if we don't, with

can see situations that won't help

0:27:530:28:00

us in the future.

My honourable

friend is right to raise the

0:28:000:28:05

importance of keeping good

boundaries. Ultimately the aim is to

0:28:050:28:09

produce more aims so more people can

aspire to a home of their own. He

0:28:090:28:14

may want to raise his concerns at

questions to the department on

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Monday 12th March.

As one of my

favourite feminists can I wsh wish

0:28:180:28:31

you a happy international women's

day. Would she consider a debate on

0:28:310:28:37

gender pricing. Consumes have to pay

31% more to pay for goods that are

0:28:370:28:43

aimed at women. This isn't just

limited to toiletries, it can be

0:28:430:28:50

toys and stationery and clothes. We

need to put pressure on retailers to

0:28:500:28:55

top the pink tax.

I think the

honourable lady raises an issue that

0:28:550:29:00

we, that many of us would be equally

concerned about and it is obvious in

0:29:000:29:07

the case of for example toiletries

that men get their face care

0:29:070:29:12

products cheaper than we do. I would

support the honourable lady in

0:29:120:29:16

seeking a debate to raise this with

ministers.

Following the bout of

0:29:160:29:23

storms, we have seen a significant

cliff fall in Newquay. This is a

0:29:230:29:28

short distance from a site that has

been granted planning permission for

0:29:280:29:32

the development of houses. This is

causing concern with locals, could

0:29:320:29:38

the Leader of the House arrange for

a ministerial statement to make sure

0:29:380:29:41

to local authorities and the

planning inspectorate the position

0:29:410:29:46

on coastal development, particularly

in areas that are prone prone to

0:29:460:29:51

coastal erosion.

I'm sorry to hear

of this incident, of course he is

0:29:510:29:55

right to raise it as a real local

champion for the area. Local plans

0:29:550:30:03

determine the allocation of land for

development and planning permission

0:30:030:30:07

should take account of risk of

erosion and the policying framework

0:30:070:30:12

sets the expectation of planning

authorities establishing coastal

0:30:120:30:16

change management areas that

encourage development that is suited

0:30:160:30:20

to the area's changing coastline.

The planning rules are probably

0:30:200:30:26

there but he may want to seek an

adjournment.

What the leader said

0:30:260:30:32

about facial products, I can only

say I'm not experienced in these

0:30:320:30:37

matters, I concluded long time I'm

long beyond redemption.

Worldwide

0:30:370:30:51

there about one and a half million

knocks on the door, where families

0:30:510:30:57

are told your mother is dead, your

daughter, your son, the family will

0:30:570:31:03

be destroyed, there is a common

wealth meeting in London, could we

0:31:030:31:07

have a debate focussing on this

scourge, the greatest epidemic of

0:31:070:31:14

our time and not enough

concentration on these avoidable

0:31:140:31:18

deaths being removed.

I think the

honourable gentleman is speaking

0:31:180:31:23

about sort of violent deaths...

Deaths on the roads. I beg his

0:31:230:31:29

pardon. I didn't hear deaths on the

road. I think he raises an

0:31:290:31:34

incredibly important point and right

across the world we see every day

0:31:340:31:40

tragic and avoidable deaths. In the

United Kingdom our track record is

0:31:400:31:44

good and improving and we seeing

reduced numbers of road deaths, but

0:31:440:31:49

he might like to seek perhaps a

backbench debate to talk about road

0:31:490:31:54

safety or an adjournment debate if

he wants to cover an issue.

My

0:31:540:32:01

honourable friend knows well of the

serious concerns of people of

0:32:010:32:05

Redditch after the centralise of

paediatric emergency services,

0:32:050:32:11

because I have raised it so many

time. Will she call on the CCJ and

0:32:110:32:16

the trust to speed up their plans to

bring forward the GP-led urgent

0:32:160:32:25

centre and can we have a debate

about the services in

0:32:250:32:28

Worcestershire.

I commend my

honourable friend for raising this.

0:32:280:32:33

Local commissioners are reviewing

the national guidance that has been

0:32:330:32:36

issued with regard to urgent care

centres. Prior to to commissioning a

0:32:360:32:41

revised model for the hospital. I

understand they're expecting to

0:32:410:32:44

implement the new service in the

next 12 months as planned and she

0:32:440:32:48

might like to seek an opportunity to

raise this directly with health

0:32:480:32:52

ministers.

The beast from the east

brought red danger to life weather

0:32:520:32:57

for the first time last week, I

welcome that organisations such as

0:32:570:33:02

Renfrewshire council and the local

McDonald's as of one ago Port

0:33:020:33:08

Glasgow are paying employees unable

to travel to work. Can we have a

0:33:080:33:14

debate on employers responsibility

to their staff and ensuring no

0:33:140:33:20

workers is left out-of-pocket during

severe weather.

Can I join him in

0:33:200:33:25

congratulating those who tried to

keep people safe and keep transport

0:33:250:33:29

open. What I can say is there are

all key transport operators

0:33:290:33:34

including airports and local

authorities and train companies and

0:33:340:33:38

highways England and Network Rail

have winter contingency plans as I'm

0:33:380:33:44

sure do their equivalents in

Scotland. While we pay tribute to

0:33:440:33:47

all those who have put in that extra

work at the same time it is for

0:33:470:33:53

their employers to ensure they take

the right decisions to have the

0:33:530:33:57

right balance of keeping services

open and protect ing their

0:33:570:34:06

employees. I oo I

Can we have a

debate about the review of the

0:34:060:34:14

housing complaints system?

Yes I'm

grateful to my honourable friend for

0:34:140:34:20

an excellent question. It is vital

that consumers have swift routes

0:34:200:34:25

through which to complain. People

need to know where to go and to be

0:34:250:34:29

clear about what they can expect.

And he is right that at the moment

0:34:290:34:32

existing routes can be confusing. So

he will be pleased as I am that on

0:34:320:34:36

18th February we published a

consultation on strengthening

0:34:360:34:40

consumer redress in the housing

market. And we are looking at the

0:34:400:34:44

options on how to ensure people

whether tenants or owners can have

0:34:440:34:49

access to quick and effective

redress including looking at whether

0:34:490:34:55

a single housing ombudsman could

simplify that access.

The issue is

0:34:550:35:04

drivers who receive reimbursement

for patient transport. They are hit

0:35:040:35:11

very hard and by definition by

constituency people have to travel

0:35:110:35:17

huge distances to hospital. Would

the leader agree it would be helpful

0:35:170:35:20

if we could have a debate on this in

this House?

Well the honourable

0:35:200:35:26

gentleman raises a very particular

issue which I can well understand is

0:35:260:35:30

a real concern to his constituents

and to others, where there are long

0:35:300:35:35

distances to travel. I suggest that

he raises the subject at an

0:35:350:35:40

adjournment debate to hear from

ministers what they can do for those

0:35:400:35:43

who have to travel particularly long

distances.

Very good idea.

Can we

0:35:430:35:51

have a debate on local businesses

who are also global brands to alight

0:35:510:36:00

the Walker's shortbread from my

constituency. A company what has

0:36:000:36:03

been subjected to unacceptable and

despicable abuse from nationalists

0:36:030:36:07

in Scotland, because just one of

their many products featured a Union

0:36:070:36:11

Jack. Does my honourable friend

agree we should condemn these

0:36:110:36:17

attacks and instead celebrate the

success of Walker's shortbread who

0:36:170:36:22

have been established for many

years, employ hundreds locals and

0:36:220:36:29

are a great credit to the area.

As

ever, my honourable friend raises a

0:36:290:36:34

significant issue for his

constituency and he is a great

0:36:340:36:39

champion for Mo pray. I agree that

Walker's shortbread lishs and a

0:36:390:36:51

vital -- delicious and a vital

product. And many products are

0:36:510:37:01

marked with the... They're a

delicious snack only to be eaten in

0:37:010:37:12

small amounts. It is a great UK and

Scottish product.

The Leader of the

0:37:120:37:18

House is right in answer to my

honourable friend from Redcar and

0:37:180:37:22

the shadow leader to say that the

threat by the United States

0:37:220:37:24

administration to put huge tariffs

on steel is a moving issue. The fact

0:37:240:37:30

it is a moving issue, underlines the

need for a statement as to what the

0:37:300:37:35

Government is doing. When will we

have a state on this and when will

0:37:350:37:41

the official opposition again get an

opposition day debate?

Well, I think

0:37:410:37:47

I've said as much as can I about the

Prime Minister's determination to

0:37:470:37:54

protect UK interest and she has made

views clear to President Trump. As I

0:37:540:37:59

have mentioned, my honourable friend

the Secretary of State for

0:37:590:38:02

international trade has raised the

mat we are the United States

0:38:020:38:05

Commerce Secretary and as I also

have said, over night, the White

0:38:050:38:11

House has indicated there may be

exemption s from tariffs for allies

0:38:110:38:19

of the United States. We have to

look after global trade. We wish to

0:38:190:38:24

be a world leader in promoting free

trade. In term of opposition days

0:38:240:38:33

the, as I said, those will be

brought forward in the usual way.

0:38:330:38:44

European Union structural and social

funds have benefited local

0:38:440:38:47

authorities across the UK. Can I

request we have Parliamentary time

0:38:470:38:50

to debate what will replace these

funds post Brexit.

My honourable

0:38:500:38:59

friend is quite right to raise this

matter and he will be pleased that

0:38:590:39:04

we have committed to replacing

European structural funds with the

0:39:040:39:09

UK shared prosperity fund after we

leave the European Union. The new

0:39:090:39:13

fund will be designed to raise

productivity and reduce inequalities

0:39:130:39:18

between communities across all four

nations of the union and we will be

0:39:180:39:22

consulting on this later in the

year.

Its 20,000 elephants are

0:39:220:39:26

slaughtered every year simply for

their ivory. What the Leader of the

0:39:260:39:33

House in form us when we could have

a debate about the results of the

0:39:330:39:36

consultation that finished a couple

of months ago about the Government

0:39:360:39:39

plans to ban the sale of ivory as

soon as possible.

I'm so glad the

0:39:390:39:46

honourable gentleman has raised this

issue because it is vital the UK

0:39:460:39:50

continues to be at the forefront of

clamping down on the illegal

0:39:500:39:54

wildlife trade and in particular on

the poaching of ivory. When I was

0:39:540:40:01

Defra secretary I was proud to be

part of that consultation. It

0:40:010:40:07

received over 70,000 responses which

was one of the largest in the

0:40:070:40:10

history of Defra and it's clear and

overwhelming majority support a ban.

0:40:100:40:17

We have a conference later this year

and I can absolutely assure him we

0:40:170:40:21

will be doing everything we can to

bring forward legislation as soon as

0:40:210:40:26

possible.

Yesterday Babcock

announced 500 defence jobs would be

0:40:260:40:32

lost at Devonport dockyard

0:40:320:40:34

announced 500 defence jobs would be

lost at Devonport dockyard,

0:40:340:40:37

announced 500 defence jobs would be

lost at Devonport dockyard,. With

0:40:370:40:38

uncertainty, can we have a statement

from ministers about what support

0:40:380:40:42

the Government can offer to those

workers who are losing their jobs in

0:40:420:40:46

Plymouth?

My first say I'm sorry to

hear about those prospective job

0:40:460:40:52

losses -- come I first say. As he

points out Babcock International

0:40:520:40:57

have announced 500 job losses. 100

of those posts are filled making the

0:40:570:41:04

reduction of the headcount

potentially 400. Whilst the

0:41:040:41:09

restructuring is a commercial matter

for that company, nevertheless there

0:41:090:41:13

is a consultation period with staff

and trade unions under way which is

0:41:130:41:18

expected to conclude in mid April.

In the meantime government is

0:41:180:41:23

monitoring the situation and DWP are

on stand-by to provide support for

0:41:230:41:28

those affected via Jobcentre plus's

rapid response service.

May I also

0:41:280:41:35

wish a happy birthday to the

honourable member for Perth and

0:41:350:41:38

North Perthshire and say he shares

that would someone who has every

0:41:380:41:44

intention of continuing to be 21

again. Mr Speaker, on Friday the 2nd

0:41:440:41:51

of March several busy south Eastern

trains were stranded for hours

0:41:510:41:54

outside Lewisham station due to

severe weather conditions. Many

0:41:540:42:01

passengers self evacuated from these

trains and we were extremely lucky

0:42:010:42:05

no one died. Can we have a debate on

updating guidance for stranded

0:42:050:42:10

commuter trains to keep our

passengers safe?

As she so often

0:42:100:42:16

does, she raises a really important

and topical matter and I encourage

0:42:160:42:21

her to seek an adjournment debate so

she can discuss this matter with

0:42:210:42:25

ministers. I think we were all

concerned to hear about the risks

0:42:250:42:32

and people deciding to evacuate

themselves from trains, and we do

0:42:320:42:36

need to put a stop to that. It is

vital people abide by safety plans

0:42:360:42:41

for their own safety.

I was the

honourable lady's page once but I

0:42:410:42:50

must admit I don't remember it, it

was too long ago. Such kindness from

0:42:500:42:59

the honourable lady who makes an

analogy with fine wine, you say all

0:42:590:43:05

of the right things.

Following on

from that question and the serious

0:43:050:43:08

travel disruption last week, can we

please have a debate about putting

0:43:080:43:14

passengers first. So for example

when train services are cancelled,

0:43:140:43:18

there's an automatic entitlement

that passengers can use other train

0:43:180:43:22

services. In Hull we've had severe

disruption to services and it's come

0:43:220:43:27

to my attention the east Coast Main

Line has not been willing to

0:43:270:43:31

automatically allow Hull trains

passengers who cannot go all the way

0:43:310:43:35

to London to use their service and I

think that needs to be looked at in

0:43:350:43:38

terms of putting the passenger

first.

Again, the honourable lady

0:43:380:43:45

raises an important point. She will

be aware train operating companies

0:43:450:43:50

now are moving towards an automatic

reimbursement for people whose

0:43:500:43:57

experience train delays and so on.

We all know that they tend to

0:43:570:44:04

announce it at some point but often

when you've already turned up for a

0:44:040:44:07

train that is not there and then you

have to move stations so I

0:44:070:44:11

sympathise with her point entirely

and recommend she seeks an

0:44:110:44:15

adjournment debate.

I wish my

honourable friend happy birthday

0:44:150:44:19

too, I'm sure he will be celebrating

with a slice of shortbread. Can we

0:44:190:44:23

have a debate on the... Chlorinated

shortbread for the United States.

0:44:230:44:29

Can we have a debate on the

relationship between pip reviews and

0:44:290:44:33

the motability scheme. When will the

Minister come to this House and

0:44:330:44:41

explain why people's cars are taken

away even before the appeal has been

0:44:410:44:44

heard?

The honourable gentleman

raises a very important and

0:44:440:44:51

concerning constituency issue, and

as I have always said, if he wants

0:44:510:44:54

to raise this with me in writing I

can take it up with the Department

0:44:540:44:58

on his behalf. In a more general

policy sense, we spend over £50

0:44:580:45:04

billion per year on benefits to

support disabled people and people

0:45:040:45:07

with health conditions. We are

seeking to enable more disabled

0:45:070:45:11

people into work and we are seeing

significant increase in the number

0:45:110:45:14

of people able to get away from

their disability and get into work,

0:45:140:45:18

which is a great way to get into a

more productive and enjoyable

0:45:180:45:26