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The announcement of Commons business for the week ahead and questions to leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom, from Thursday 8 March.


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Business question.

Will be Leader of

the House please give us the

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forthcoming business?

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Feki Mrs Speaker, the business for

the recommitting 12th of March will

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be on Monday 12th of March the

status of the financial guidance and

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claims Bill. Due to 30th, Maradona

will find the Chancellor of the

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Exchequer 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

of March, a general debate on

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European affairs day one, Thursday

the 15th of March, conclusion of the

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general debate on European affairs

Dave two. Friday 60th March, private

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members bills. The business for the

week commencing 19th March will

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include second reading of the secure

tenancies fixed term domestic abuse

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bill. Followed by a debate on Welsh

affairs. Today Parliament is flying

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the flag for International Women's

Day and this is patently special as

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we mark the centenary of some women

getting the right to vote. We will

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be celebrating women's achievements

throughout this year and I hope all

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members will be hosting an equality

in their constituency during the

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summer to celebrate democratic

equality and the opportunity to have

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cake and eat it. We have achieved

much but there's a long way to go

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and today the Home Office has

launched a consultation on Arab

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puzzles for a new domestic violence

Bill which will tackle the plight of

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the newly 2 million mainly women

living with violence to. We think

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that the opportunities for women.

One, and four and practices in my

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private office and my Parliamentary

office. And it was our multinational

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apprenticeship week in speaking from

my own experiences, I would

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encourage any member and every

business to offer the valuable

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experience of an apprenticeship to

talented young people and lastly,

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this week marks the birthday of our

own resident rock star, the for

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Perth and North Ayrshire. I hear

that he's 21 again but actually I

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may be confusing and with his

maturity. But I'm sure he's 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 tomorrow.

Can I thank the Leader of the House

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for the business and for her speech

and I wonder if that will help him

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every time. Despite telling me that

the statements will be and has, I'm

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pleased the Leader of the House has

announced the date of the spring

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statement, it is important. As there

is a reason why the Leader of the

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House announces the business one

began the day at a time because that

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teams to be the case. I asked last

week about the legislation on

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registration and that likely to come

back? There was a good turnout of

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the debate and every day and we

don't do something for the costs are

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incurred. When is that likely to

come back but she didn't answer. By

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all important legislation, it should

not be delayed. It is almost no

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business government. I thank the

Leader of the House for finding time

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for the statutory instruments. The

only one that is outstanding as an

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early day motion 937.

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Helina 30% fall in applications for

nursing degrees. . Perhaps the

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Chancellor might make a concession

for the spring statement on the

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bursaries because immediately after

that when we put it statutory

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instruments, there will be cuts to

free school meals, ending childcare

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vouchers and ending... Universal

Credit regulations affect

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self-employed and disabled people.

It is a committee and environmental

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audit committee is on plastic

bottles published in 27 December and

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disposable coffee cups. That is on

the 5th of January. We have to find

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time for that debate and find time

for the debate on the announcement

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by the president of the United

States on tariffs on our steel we

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have a sitting Friday on the 16th of

March at all of the leader is aware

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at the causing motion is moved after

two hours of debate and stops our

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opposition spokesperson from

speaking if you look at the report.

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Could leader confirm that is going

to be the normal case and we need to

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one the honourable member for

Glasgow South who are second on the

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list as his bill

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will and two debate on the new case

exit from the European Union have

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had an opposition day since January.

The speech at Mansion house for 6800

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words, only 2000 words to the House.

I feel robbed, I don't know about

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you. We will need further a lot of

dates. We have to talk with the Good

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Friday Agreement on 10th of April.

The Prime Minister said the

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government is looking at issues

around the world including the

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border between the United States and

Canada. The Irish Prime Minister

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actually visited that border and he

said it's definitely not a solution

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that we could possibly entertain and

how to the former deputy panellist

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Michael Heseltine Pataki has

criticised the plan is to get the

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speech when he said I is that after

18 months since the referendum we

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haven't got any closer to these

issues will do the answer is simple,

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it is because nobody has got any

answer. If you followed the rest of

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the speech and it was a recipe for a

cake, you can even bake the cake.

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Even if it was a cherry Genoa cake.

A double cherry Genoa cake. If it

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was a road map, Edward the road map

to know where but I want to join the

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Leader of the House and

congratulating and celebrating

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women's international day. You have

your reference order. And you have

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had, in 2010, before edging to the

size and watch the evidence of the

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Speaker's conference on

Parliamentary and it made a huge

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difference. But we have

International Women's Day and women

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consultant in the NHS, £14,000 paid

less than a man -- than men. Women

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are paying a disproportionate amount

to balance the government books.

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Most of the Senator has fallen on

women. There may I women reminisced

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about the leader of one of the

opposition has 50% of women in his

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side Shadow Cabinet and the

government have 26%, the opposition

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party is leading the way with

representation of women and you make

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up 45% of the Parliamentary party

and could I ask the Leader of the

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House and it is international

women's date you could make

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representations to the Foreign

Secretary. If France can provide an

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exhibition to Iran, Peasgood he make

a chance to on her release which

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could have been done before

Christmas and there are schoolgirls

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who have been kidnapped again in

Nigeria. On the day we have the

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National Audit Office talking about

cuts, almost 50%, I want to thank

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all the public services for all

their hard work over this inclement

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weather and they have protected us

and made sure we are all safe.

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Thank you Mr Speaker and I certainly

will join with the honourable lady

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in thanking all those who work so

hard during this period of really

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difficult weather and also those who

have to bear the brunt of sitting on

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trains that couldn't move due to the

weather. There was a real community

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spirit which everybody should be

congratulated on and she raised a

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number of legislative issues which

I'm glad she did because quite often

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she asks about policy issues which

are not technically a matter for

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business questions, she asks about

legislation on registration and

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renewal. She knows, she sits on

house committee. I have updated has

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commissioned last week, we will be

bringing forward legislation on the

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establishment of a delivery

authority as soon as possible and

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the trade bill, we discussed in last

week, number of amendments have been

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put forward on the government

considers those carefully, as is

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right and as I have always said, we

will always consider amendments put

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forward to try to improve

legislation as we enter into this

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very important decision to leave the

European Union and make steps to

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prepare ourselves in the best

possible way and graduates happy

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about the statutory instrument

debate and having these debates next

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week and as she requested last week.

She asks about nursing training and

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she will be aware that there is an

increase in nursing training of 25%.

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The biggest increase ever, she also

raises the question of plastics and

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what we are doing and I hope she as

I have signed up to plastic

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freelance, tried to minimise the use

of single use plastics during the

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lengthy period as an opportunity for

ourselves to highlight the

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importance of reducing plaque --

plastics. This government's record

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is good on that with the

determination and there were 25 year

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environment plan to be the first

generation that leaves our

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environment and a better state than

we found it. She asks about the top

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about tariffs coming out of the

United States on steel and aluminium

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and we are concerned about that. She

will be aware, in the UK we have

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made social and economic factors

part of the consideration of public

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sector procurement of steel. The

commission research to identify high

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value opportunities for UK steel

with up to 4 billion a year by 2030

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and we have certainly made great

steps to support our steel sector

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since 2013 for the cost of

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renewables and climate change

policies but she is right to raise

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concerns about the US policy in this

area and the parameter with a spoken

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with President Trump recently and

raised deep concern at his

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forthcoming announcement on steel

and tariffs. The parameter has noted

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that multilateral action is the only

way to resolve this problem of

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global overcapacity. She asked that

the ministerial response and I can

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tell her that list will be

forthcoming as soon as possible once

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those positions have been confirmed

and clarified with all departments.

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She asks about the debates on the

European Union. I think she is

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having those debates. This is in

response to a request for monetary

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honourable about honourable members

to be able to talk in general terms

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about their ideas and proposals for

how you leave the European Union. We

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have had a very important speech on

the famous last week and of course

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we have the EU cattle coming up as

well known as a very good time for

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all honourable and right Honourable

members to put forward their

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thoughts and views she asks for

representations about Mr Radcliffe

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and is to raise this case and we are

very concerned about it. She will

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know the Foreign Secretary raised it

himself with the Foreign Minister of

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Iran when he had the opportunity to

do so, the Foreign Office continues

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to do that at every opportunity.

I

associate myself with the birthday

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wishes to the honourable gentleman

from pressure who I regard as an

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honourable friend. My private

members bill on code of practice

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received the second reading thanks

to support from the government and

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support from the official opposition

and from the Scottish National Party

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from which I am obliged. The bill

cannot proceed further until our

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ways and means motion is tabled. Or

the Leader of the House speak to our

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mutual friend, 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 an important issue the

government had expressed support for

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a number of private members bills so

far in the session and we continue

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to work with the relevant members in

charge and that will include

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bringing forward money resolutions

on a case-by-case basis in the usual

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way.

In offering my best birthday

wishes to the member for Perth and

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North Hampshire for tomorrow,

perhaps I can borrow the legendary

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observation of the honourable

gentleman, the member for Gateshead

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to me and apply to the honourable

gentleman. Fortunately he is 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.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker, and thank you

to the Leader of the House for her

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kind birthday wishes. Birthdays

nowadays are more to be noted then

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celebrated, as our majorities of 21.

Can I also wholeheartedly welcome

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International Women's Day and pay

tribute to all the incredible women

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who have contributed to our

communities, and we still have more

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progress to make. I'm sure many in

this house has seen the incredible

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speech made by my honourable friend

yesterday, a profound personal

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account of the misogynistic abuse

she has suffered just for being a

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young woman in politics. On

International Women's Day, can the

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house at least consider making

misogyny a huge crime and

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proactively legislate in ensuring

that this is something we can start

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a part of the history of the women's

movement in this country? -- making

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misogyny hate crime. Can we have

action on RBS branch closures, an

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issue which continues to upset and

concerned amenities we represent?

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The Scottish affairs committee which

are chair has finally secured equity

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to answer questions, but one group

of people we have not heard from

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Houston refused to speak to us are

the majority shareholder, this

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Government. The Government by the

stewards of the public interest in

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this, so will you join me in

insisting that Government treasury

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ministers agree to come in front of

the Scottish affairs committee to

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answer questions about what they are

doing to represent our interests?

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And lastly, we need a statement on

this emerging constitutional crisis

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on Brexit. The Government now say we

will push ahead without any

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agreement from the Scottish

Government, but the Scottish

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Government are still progressing

this constituted bill. The BBC have

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a letter in which the Government

says it can't counter the power grab

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claims, perhaps they can't because

that is exactly what it is.

Mr

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Speaker, to the honourable

gentleman's first point, I am very

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appalled, as I think all honourable

members are, to hear of the

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experiences of his honourable

friend. I sincerely apologise to her

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on behalf of everybody here for the

appalling abuse she is received,

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it's utterly unacceptable and, of

course, in my role as Leader of the

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Commons, if she wanted to come and

talk to me, I would be happy to do

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so and see if there is anything I

can do for her. As the honourable

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gentleman knows, Mr Speaker, and as

you know yourself, we have worked

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tirelessly across party to put in

place our independence complaint

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procedure. Whether that would come

if it were up and running today,

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have gone some way to improving the

honourable lady's situation, I am

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not sure. But I certainly help, Mr

Speaker, that our commitment across

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this house and the other place to

stamping out abuse and making our

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Parliament one of the best places to

work and to be employed is going to

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stand us in good stead for the

future. To his second point about

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RBS, I am very aware of the grave

concerns expressed in a number of

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occasions by the honourable members

on his side of the house about

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banking closures, and he will of

course be aware that there are

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decisions, procedures to go through

before a bank decides to close, in

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consultations with communities. But

I would point out that there is an

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adjournment debate on backing in

Scotland next week on the 14th of

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March, and I'm sure he wants to take

part in that. Finally, the

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honourable gentleman raises the

issue of the withdrawal bill and the

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Scottish National Party's continuity

bill. It is the Government's

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position that the EU withdrawal bill

will provide consistency across the

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UK to ensure that all parts of the

UK are ready for departure across

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the EU, -- from the EU, and we are

hopeful we can reach an agreement

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with devolved administrations on the

bill in the coming weeks.

In a

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recent debate on the family test in

the Lords, family impact

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assessments, there was good

cross-party support for Lord's -

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members Bill promoting a more

satisfactory application of this

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test than currently seems to be the

case from several questions I've

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asked recently. Would-be leader

facilitate the safe passage of this

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bill in the other place by liaising

with the leader there are so that it

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will come to this house for

consideration as soon as the? -- as

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soon as possible? Carroll I would

like to congratulate and commend my

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honourable friend for the amazing

work she does cross-party in

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Crosshouse in supporting families. I

totally share her desire to see the

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strengthening families of all types

and salt and in particular, I know

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she shares my concern for the

importance of early attachment and

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giving every baby the best start in

life. I absolutely support her

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desire to see the family test

carefully applied and I would be

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delighted to meet with her to

discuss how I can specifically help

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her.

A note from the business

statement leader that backbench

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business have a number of

outstanding applications for time

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allocation, so I would hope we would

get some time before Easter recess

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in order to get some of our unheard

debates timetabled. Mr Speaker, I'm

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afraid chickens have come home to

roost with regard to the backbench

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committee, despite the fact that we

had three members present on

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Tuesday, that is not a quorum for

the backbench committee, we require

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four, we only have six members. We

are hoping the cavalry will come

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over the hill from the Conservative

group in terms of the two members

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missing at the moment, but also,

could really leader look again at

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the core of the backbench business

committee? On this committee, a

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quorum of four seems excessive.

I

would gently like to point out that

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there is Government time next week

for Welsh affairs debate and as you

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will recall, we were all very

disappointed on St David's Day went

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due to the awful weather and the

need for members to get home before

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train station is closed and so on,

not only I was at Number Ten

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reception for Saint Davids Day, and

sadly missed out on the Welsh School

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choir, who couldn't get there. So we

would be delighted to get time to to

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take place, notwithstanding that it

is within Government 's time, and I

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will of course make sure that I make

representations were necessary for

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his outstanding applications. I have

raised with colleagues what we can

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do to facilitate extra Conservative

members on the backbench committee

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and will continue to press for that.

If he would like to write to me on

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the subject of the quorum, I'm very

happy to take, to look at that

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matter very seriously. Thank you.

You will know, so, this has only

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works if convergence are followed.

-- this house only works. My Private

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members Bill passed on the 1st of

December, another private members

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bill about constituencies pass on

that date, both were actually

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unopposed. But more than three

months later, no money resolutions

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have been forthcoming. That means

there is not a single... There can

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only be one bill, private members

bill committed at one time, none has

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been committed because of this. This

looks to be an obstruction of the

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private members bill system by the

Government. I'm sure that is not the

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case I'm not sure that is not the

case.

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LAUGHTER

With the Leader of the House arrange

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for an urgent statement next week so

this can be discussed?

Earlier, his

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right honourable friend asked

question about migratory species and

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in the course of the delivery of the

question, number members on the

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opposition benches noted that the

honourable member had migrated from

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his heat usual seat to his new seat,

I don't think any particular

0:23:150:23:19

significance may be read into that,

but I assure the house that even if

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it is unusual it doesn't mean the

honourable gentleman is suddenly

0:23:220:23:26

pro-the European Union. If the

honourable gentleman said that

0:23:260:23:29

outside the chamber, imagine the

member would be consulting with

0:23:290:23:33

learner friends! His behaviour is --

perfectly orderly.

My friend is a

0:23:330:23:44

bit suspicious, how could he

possibly think that my? Particularly

0:23:440:23:47

of me, we are very honourable

friends. What I would say, as I did

0:23:470:23:51

to our other honourable friend, the

Government has expressed support for

0:23:510:23:56

a number Private members bills so

far at this session and indeed the

0:23:560:23:59

Government does support the bill

that my honourable friend is

0:23:590:24:04

bringing through as a private

members Bill. We will be bringing

0:24:040:24:07

forward money resolutions on a

case-by-case basis in the usual way.

0:24:070:24:13

I really appreciated the comments

the honourable lady made about

0:24:130:24:18

President Trump's announcements on

steel tariffs, but I'm deeply

0:24:180:24:22

concerned and I think we need the

Secretary of State for International

0:24:220:24:24

Development to make a statement next

week. 10% of UK steel is exported to

0:24:240:24:28

the US and 15% of our automotive

industry goes there, so it has huge

0:24:280:24:35

imprecations plus Brexit, I would

appreciate the opportunity to debate

0:24:350:24:38

it.

The honourable lady raises a

very important issue. The Prime

0:24:380:24:47

Minister has spoken with President

Trump and raised our grave concern

0:24:470:24:50

at his proposals. I can tell the

operable lady that my friend the

0:24:500:24:54

Secretary of State for International

's trade is speaking with the US

0:24:540:25:00

commerce Secretary about this matter

and she may be aware that there has

0:25:000:25:04

been an overnight briefing that

tariffs may not apply to allies and

0:25:040:25:12

so on. This is a moving issue and we

will continue to take every step to

0:25:120:25:16

protect the UK's steel and aluminium

sectors.

On Monday, my right

0:25:160:25:22

honourable friend the Secretary of

State for housing, communities and

0:25:220:25:26

local government made a statement on

housing and planning on this

0:25:260:25:29

country. Sadly, this common side

with the select committee meeting at

0:25:290:25:35

the same time, so those of us that

has a degree of expertise on this

0:25:350:25:39

side of the house were unable to

question him on the new policies. --

0:25:390:25:42

this coincided with the select

committee. And a debate we had on

0:25:420:25:48

homelessness was heavily

oversubscribed, which meant

0:25:480:25:51

colleagues could only make very

short species on -- speeches and

0:25:510:25:56

contribute since. Could we make time

for a general debate on housing and

0:25:560:25:59

planning so that members on all

sides can express their views and

0:25:590:26:03

tease out some of these policies for

the Government is proposing? -- that

0:26:030:26:06

the Government is proposing?

My

honourable friend will be aware that

0:26:060:26:11

the prime Minster has been very

clear that sorted out our broken

0:26:110:26:14

housing market is one of her top

record his fourth premiership. She

0:26:140:26:18

is determined to see young people

able to aspire to a home of their

0:26:180:26:21

own. -- top priorities for her

premiership. That means planning,

0:26:210:26:28

protecting tenants, and sorting out

things like leases on new homes and

0:26:280:26:33

so on, and all those are part of my

right honourable friend the

0:26:330:26:37

Secretary of State's new policies.

And I would like to pay tribute to

0:26:370:26:41

my honourable friend for his

Homelessness Reduction Act, which

0:26:410:26:45

the Government has incremented and

as part of our determination to deal

0:26:450:26:50

with the problem homelessness and

rough sleeping in this country.

0:26:500:26:55

Cancer Research UK say obesity is

the second most preventable cause of

0:26:550:27:00

cancer. The Government is reviewing

its childhood obesity strategy, so

0:27:000:27:03

may we have a debate on stopping

junk food adverts before the nine

0:27:030:27:08

o'clock watershed to help reduce

childhood obesity?

I completely sure

0:27:080:27:15

the honourable gentleman's concern

at childhood abuse and BCC, it does

0:27:150:27:19

appear we have a massively growing

problem in this country. --

0:27:190:27:24

childhood obesity. He may want to

seek an adjournment debate so he can

0:27:240:27:28

speak darkly to ministers about his

own ideas. -- directly to ministers.

0:27:280:27:34

As we are aware, we have just

approved more housing to be built in

0:27:340:27:38

this country, we can all say that is

good. But I can also name, I would

0:27:380:27:43

name at this time, councils who have

used Private company 's and estate

0:27:430:27:49

agents to further their aims. -- I

will not name at this time. Please

0:27:490:27:51

can we have a debate on making sure

that there's a clear understanding

0:27:510:27:58

between developers, estate agents,

planners, and companies? Because if

0:27:580:28:01

we don't, we can see situations

arising which are not going to help

0:28:010:28:04

any of us in future deliberations.

My honourable friend is absolutely

0:28:040:28:11

right to raise the importance of

keeping good boundaries. Ultimately,

0:28:110:28:15

the aim is to produce more homes so

that more people can aspire to a

0:28:150:28:19

home of their own. He may want to

raise these specific concerns and

0:28:190:28:24

questions to the department, which

happen on Monday 12 March.

One of my

0:28:240:28:32

very favourite feminists, can I wish

you and everyone else here are happy

0:28:320:28:37

International Women's Day today.

With the Leader of the House

0:28:370:28:40

consider a debate great statement

from the Government on gender

0:28:400:28:44

pricing? We know consumers have to

pay an average 31% more to pay for

0:28:440:28:49

goods which are marketed or aimed

specifically at women, and this is

0:28:490:28:53

not just limited to toiletries, it

can be toys, stationery, clothes, et

0:28:530:28:57

al host of things. We need to put

pressure on those retailers and

0:28:570:29:01

manufacturers to stop this pink tax.

I think the honourable lady raises

0:29:010:29:07

an issue that many of us would be

equally concerned about and it is

0:29:070:29:13

very obvious in the case of, for

example, toiletries that men get

0:29:130:29:17

their face care product much cheaper

than we do, don't they? I would

0:29:170:29:22

support the honourable lady in

seeking an adjournment debate so she

0:29:220:29:25

can raise this issue directly with

ministers.

Following the recent

0:29:250:29:31

bonus storms, we have seen another

significant cliff fall onto one of

0:29:310:29:36

our beaches in NUT. This is a site

that has recently been granted

0:29:360:29:41

planning permission for the

development of houses. This is

0:29:410:29:44

causing great concern but local

residents, could the Leader of the

0:29:440:29:47

House arrange for a ministerial

statement to make clear to local

0:29:470:29:51

authorities and the planning

Inspectorate the position on coastal

0:29:510:29:54

development, and Italy in areas

prone to coastal erosion? --

0:29:540:29:59

particularly in areas prone to

coastal erosion?

I'm sorry to hear

0:29:590:30:03

of the incident in his constituency

and he's right to raise it, a real

0:30:030:30:06

local champion. I can tell him local

plans determine the allocation of

0:30:060:30:12

land for development and panning

permission should always take

0:30:120:30:14

account of the risk of erosion and

the National planning policy

0:30:140:30:18

framework sets the expectation of

local planning authorities

0:30:180:30:23

establishing coastal change

management areas that encourage

0:30:230:30:25

development that is suited to the

area is changing coastline, so I

0:30:250:30:29

think the panning rules are probably

there, but he might well want to

0:30:290:30:33

seek an adjournment debate to

discuss the particular concerned he

0:30:330:30:35

has.

What the leader says with a

facial products and differential

0:30:350:30:42

costs, I'm not experiencing these

matters could because I included

0:30:420:30:45

long ago that I am on beyond

redemption and that there might fit

0:30:450:30:49

with as much fortitude as I can

muster. Yellow on this International

0:30:490:30:53

Women's Day, can I remind the Leader

of the House that worldwide, there

0:30:530:30:58

will be 1.5 million knocks on the

doors of families is dead, your

0:30:580:31:03

daughter, your son, the family will

be totally destroyed. There is a

0:31:030:31:08

Commonwealth Parliamentary meeting

in the next few days in London,

0:31:080:31:13

could we have a debate in this

chamber focusing on this scourge,

0:31:130:31:17

the greatest epidemic of our time

and not enough concentration on

0:31:170:31:22

these avoidable deaths

I think the

honourable gentleman is speaking

0:31:220:31:30

about violent deaths, deaths on the

road. He raises an incredibly

0:31:300:31:40

important point and right across the

world, we see everyday tragic and

0:31:400:31:47

avoidable deaths. In the United

Kingdom our track record is good and

0:31:470:31:52

improving and are seeing reduced

numbers of road deaths here is an

0:31:520:31:57

important point that he might like

to seek a backbench debate to talk

0:31:570:32:00

about road safety and an adjournment

debate that he wants to cover an

0:32:000:32:03

issue. My right honourable friend

knows well of the series consent of

0:32:030:32:11

the people of Redditch at the

centralisation of paediatric

0:32:110:32:13

emergency services from Worcester

because I have raised its my

0:32:130:32:18

tenderness house. We'll see please

join me in calling on the CCG and

0:32:180:32:22

the trust to speed up their plans to

ring the GP urgent care centre and

0:32:220:32:28

can we have a debate about the

future of our health services in

0:32:280:32:30

Worcestershire?

0:32:300:32:33

My honourable friend is a strong

voice for her constituency and I

0:32:340:32:37

commend her parading this matter in

the chamber was a local

0:32:370:32:40

commissioners are currently

reviewing the national guidance that

0:32:400:32:42

has been issued with regard to

urgent care centres prior to

0:32:420:32:48

commissioning a revised model for

the Alexandrov hospital, I

0:32:480:32:50

understand they are expected to

implement the new service in the

0:32:500:32:53

next 12 months as planned and she

might like to seek an opportunity to

0:32:530:32:57

raise this matter directly with

health ministers.

We had read

0:32:570:33:05

weather warnings in the first

domestic and I welcome the fact that

0:33:050:33:09

Renfrewshire Council and the local

McDonald's franchise and Glasgow

0:33:090:33:13

airport are paying their employees

who are unable to travel to work.

0:33:130:33:17

Can we have a debate on employers

responsibilities to the city of

0:33:170:33:21

Leicester and ensuring that no

worker is left out of pocket Julian

0:33:210:33:24

Savea weather warnings?

First, can I

join him in congratulating all those

0:33:240:33:31

who put an extra effort to try to

keep people safe and to keep

0:33:310:33:35

transport open and so on. What I can

say is that there are, I'll keep

0:33:350:33:40

transport operators, Network Rail,

they all have winter contingency

0:33:400:33:47

plans as I am sure do their

equivalents in Scotland. Whilst we

0:33:470:33:52

pay tribute to all those who have

put in that extra work at the same

0:33:520:33:59

time, it's for their employers to

ensure they take the right decisions

0:33:590:34:02

to have the right balance of keeping

services open and protecting their

0:34:020:34:06

employees at all times. July I still

hear way too many stories from

0:34:060:34:16

constituents who are in arguments

with landlords about their homes.

0:34:160:34:19

Can we have a review of the housing

complaints system? When I am

0:34:190:34:29

grateful for the honourable question

and its vital consumers have served

0:34:290:34:31

effective routes through which to

complain when things go wrong,

0:34:310:34:34

people need to know where to go and

to be clear about what they can

0:34:340:34:38

expect and he is right that existing

can be confusing, he will be pleased

0:34:380:34:43

that on the naked Afobe we published

a consultation on strengthening

0:34:430:34:48

consumer redress in the housing

market. We are looking at the

0:34:480:34:52

options on how Jewish people,

whether tenants or owners and have

0:34:520:34:57

access to quick, easy and effective

redress including looking at whether

0:34:570:35:00

a single Housing ombudsman could

actually simplify access.

The issue

0:35:000:35:08

for me is drivers who receive

reimbursement for patient transport.

0:35:080:35:13

The UK taxation rules had mileage is

very hard, clearly by definition in

0:35:130:35:21

my constituency, people have to

travel huge distances to get the

0:35:210:35:24

patient to hospital and back. With

the Leader of the House agree that

0:35:240:35:28

we have a debate on this issue in

this house. But many honourable

0:35:280:35:34

death and raises are very particular

issue which I can well understand

0:35:340:35:38

there's a real concern to his

constituents and others when there

0:35:380:35:41

are long distances to travel. I

suggest he raises the subject at an

0:35:410:35:47

adjournment debate so he can hear

directly from ministers what they

0:35:470:35:49

can do for those who have to travel

long distances. Can we have a debate

0:35:490:36:00

on local businesses who are also

global brands that would allow me to

0:36:000:36:04

highlight the fantastic Walkers

shortbread from my constituency vote

0:36:040:36:09

a company that has been subjected to

unacceptable and despicable abuse

0:36:090:36:12

this week from naturalists in

Scotland because just one of their

0:36:120:36:17

many products featured a union Jack.

We should condemn these attacks and

0:36:170:36:25

celebrate the success Walkers

shortbread they have employed

0:36:250:36:30

hundreds of local people and our

great credit to our area.

My

0:36:300:36:40

honourable friend raises a very

significant issue for his

0:36:400:36:43

constituency, he's a great champion

for Murray and I would agree with

0:36:430:36:49

them Walkers shortbread is both

delicious and are vital UK brand,

0:36:490:36:54

it's a fabulous Scottish brand and

many of their sins are marked with,

0:36:540:37:01

I love Scotland and others are

marked with the union Jack and very

0:37:010:37:03

often for export, so they are a

fabulous export, they are delicious,

0:37:030:37:08

only to be eaten in some modesty. We

don't want to encourage overeating

0:37:080:37:13

shortbread or any other sugary

product but nevertheless, we love

0:37:130:37:18

Walkers, it's a great UK and

Scottish product.

The leader of the

0:37:180:37:26

houses quite right in to my

honourable friend and the shadow

0:37:260:37:29

Leader of the House to say that

these dead by the US administration

0:37:290:37:32

to put huge tariffs on steel is

unmoving issue but the very fact

0:37:320:37:36

it's a moving issue underlines the

need for a statement in this house

0:37:360:37:41

as to what the government is doing.

When will we have a statement on as

0:37:410:37:47

and one will the official opposition

get an opposition day debate.

I

0:37:470:37:54

think I said as much as I can about

the poor Mr's determination to

0:37:540:38:00

protect UK interests and she has

made her views very clear to

0:38:000:38:03

President Trump. As I have

mentioned, my right honourable

0:38:030:38:08

friend, the Secretary of State for

International Development has raised

0:38:080:38:11

the matter with the US commerce

Secretary and as I also have said,

0:38:110:38:16

all right, the White House has

indicated that there may be

0:38:160:38:18

exemptions from tariffs were allies

of the United States, very important

0:38:180:38:23

that we continue to work to look

after global trade, it is something

0:38:230:38:27

that the United Kingdom, as we leave

the EU, which is to be a world

0:38:270:38:30

leader in promoting free trade

around the globe, so that's what we

0:38:300:38:34

will be doing. In terms of

opposition days, as I mentioned to

0:38:340:38:38

his honourable friend, the shadow

Leader of the House, they will be

0:38:380:38:43

brought forward in the usual way.

0:38:430:38:45

The European Union structural and

social fans have benefited local

0:38:500:38:53

authorities across the United

Kingdom, can I request a leader we

0:38:530:38:56

have some parliamentary time to the

debate what will replace these funds

0:38:560:38:59

after Brexit.

My honourable friend

is quite right to raise this matter

0:38:590:39:07

and he will be pleased and we have

committed to the placing European

0:39:070:39:10

structural funds with the UK Shared

Prosperity Fund after we leave the

0:39:100:39:17

European Union, the fund will be

designed to raise productivity and

0:39:170:39:22

reduce inequalities between

communities across all four nations

0:39:220:39:24

of the union and we will consult on

this later in the year.

20,000

0:39:240:39:31

elephants are slaughtered every year

simply for their ivory. With the

0:39:310:39:38

Leader of the House in from us when

we could have a debate about the

0:39:380:39:41

results of the consultation and

finished a couple of months ago

0:39:410:39:44

about the governmenthe plans to ban

the sale of ivory as soon as

0:39:440:39:47

possible.

I'm so glad the honourable

gentleman has raised this issue

0:39:470:39:52

because it is absolutely vital that

the UK continues to be at the

0:39:520:39:57

forefront of clamping down on the

illegal wildlife trade and in

0:39:570:40:00

particular on the poaching of ivory.

When I was secretary I was very

0:40:000:40:04

proud to be progressing that

consultation which is now completed.

0:40:040:40:10

They'd received over 70,000

consultation responses which is one

0:40:100:40:14

of the largest responses we have had

an history of better and it's clear

0:40:140:40:17

the overwhelming majority support

the ban and we have a conference on

0:40:170:40:23

the trade and we can assure him that

be doing everything we can to bring

0:40:230:40:29

forward legislation as soon as

possible. Yesterday Babcock

0:40:290:40:35

announced 500 defence jobs will be

lost at the dog with a cost to the

0:40:350:40:42

Royal Marines and the sale of HMS

Ocean. Can the other statement up

0:40:420:40:46

from ministers about was aboard the

government can offer to the Babcock

0:40:460:40:51

workers losing their jobs in

Plymouth. I am sorry to hear about

0:40:510:40:57

those prospective job losses. As he

points out, but got the

0:40:570:41:02

international have announced 500 job

losses. 100 of those posts are

0:41:020:41:08

unfilled making the reduction to

headcount potentially 400. Whilst

0:41:080:41:13

the restructure as a commercial

matter for the company. Nevertheless

0:41:130:41:18

there is a consultation period with

staff and trade unions under way

0:41:180:41:23

which is expected to conclude in

mid-April. In the meantime

0:41:230:41:26

government is closely monitoring the

situation and DWP are on stand-by to

0:41:260:41:30

provide support for those affected

by Jobcentre plus rapid response

0:41:300:41:34

service. May I also wish a happy

birthday to the honourable member

0:41:340:41:44

for Perth and North Perthshire and

say that he shares that with

0:41:440:41:47

somebody who has every intention of

continuing to be 21 again. Mr

0:41:470:41:53

Speaker, on Friday second March,

several busy South Eastern trains

0:41:530:41:59

were stranded for hours outside

Lewisham station due to severe

0:41:590:42:03

weather conditions. Many passages

self evacuated from these trains and

0:42:030:42:09

we are extremely lucky that nobody

died and we have a debate on

0:42:090:42:13

updating guidance for stranded

commuter trains to keep our

0:42:130:42:17

passengers safe. She raises a very

important and topical matter and I

0:42:170:42:26

encourage her to seek an adjournment

debate so she can discuss this

0:42:260:42:29

directly with ministers they are

inserted at the risks to their cells

0:42:290:42:36

and the train system people decided

to evacuate themselves from players

0:42:360:42:39

and we have to a stop to that. She

will be aware there are safety plans

0:42:390:42:43

in place and its vital people abide

by those for their own safety. Reid

0:42:430:42:48

I wish to join a leading wishing the

lady a happy birthday.

0:42:480:43:05

Following on from a question and the

serious travel disruption that

0:43:110:43:14

happened last week, can we have a

debate about cutting -- putting

0:43:140:43:20

passengers fascists. When fit

services are cancelled, there should

0:43:200:43:24

be an automatic the Dead Man

passengers can use other train

0:43:240:43:27

services, and how we have had severe

disruption to services and it's come

0:43:270:43:31

to my attention that the Isco 's

mainline has not been the

0:43:310:43:35

automatically allowed train

passengers who cannot go all the way

0:43:350:43:40

to London to use their service. I

think that has to be looked at in

0:43:400:43:44

terms of putting the passenger first

agony lady readers a very important

0:43:440:43:51

point and she will be aware that

train operating companies are moving

0:43:510:43:54

towards an automatic reimburse for

people who have experienced train

0:43:540:44:01

delays but she would like to raise

the issue of whether the

0:44:010:44:04

automatically allowed passengers to

use other transport we now intend to

0:44:040:44:09

announce it at some point but when

you have often turned up for a train

0:44:090:44:13

that is not the end you have to move

stations. I sympathise with her

0:44:130:44:18

point entirely and reckon Matt and

she seems an adjournment debate. I

0:44:180:44:22

wish my honourable friend the happy

birthday.

0:44:220:44:29

I'm sure he will be celebrating with

a slice of shortbread! Can we have a

0:44:290:44:34

debate on the relationship between

the motor Bility scheme and pep

0:44:340:44:38

reviews. I have -- mobility schemes.

I have a constituent who is having

0:44:380:44:46

her car removed for the second time.

Even before her appeal has been

0:44:460:44:50

heard.

The honourable gentleman

raises a very important and

0:44:500:44:57

concerning constituency issue, and

as I've always said, if he wants to

0:44:570:45:01

raise this with me in writing I can

take it up with the Department on

0:45:010:45:05

his behalf. In a more general policy

sense, we do spend over £50 billion

0:45:050:45:11

per year on benefits to support

disabled people and people with

0:45:110:45:14

health conditions. We are seeking to

enable more disabled people into

0:45:140:45:18

work, and we are seeing a

significant increase in the number

0:45:180:45:21

of people who were able to get away

from their disability and getting to

0:45:210:45:28

work, which is a great way into a

more productive and enjoyable life.

0:45:280:45:31

And that is the policy that the

Government is trying to pursue. If

0:45:310:45:34

he has particular concerns, I'm

happy to take them up on his behalf.

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Thank you.

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The announcement of Commons business for the week ahead and questions to leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom, from Thursday 8 March.