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Now on BBC News, it's time for Monday in Parliament.

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Hello, and welcome to Monday in Parliament.

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There's an extra ?1.3 billion for schools in England.

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Labour says the Government is in retreat, but the Education Secretary

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Fury over the Government's decision on where to route

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These constituencies are going to be demolished, and roads are going to

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go straight to a development that is only just taking place.

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And a debate about parliamentary debate.

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Opposition parties say the Government is stifling democracy.

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This is what happens when you do nothing, bad stuff happens. This is

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a government at war with itself. But first, education in England

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was thought to be a big issue on the doorstep

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during the general election. The Government announced recently

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that it will not be scrapping free school lunches for four

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to seven year olds. Now, the Education Secretary has

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announced an extra ?1.3 billion Labour said the money -

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to be found out of existing education budgets -

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was no more than a sticking plaster. We recognise that at the election,

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people were concerned about the overall level of funding

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in schools as well And as the Prime Minister has said,

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we are determined to listen. So that is why today,

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I am confirming our plans to get on with introducing a national

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funding formula in 2018-19, and I can announce that this

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will additionally now be supported by significant extra investment

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into the core schools budget over... There will therefore be

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an additional ?1.3 billion for in addition to the schools budget

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set at spending review 2015. This funding is across the next two

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years as we transition I will always be the first

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to welcome new money for schools. After all, I have spent a year

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asking the Secretary of State to give our schools the funding

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they need, so it's nice to know I'm But sadly, Mr Speaker,

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today's statement raises more I welcome the 1.3 billion announced

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today, but can the Secretary of State confirm if it will protect

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per-pupil budgets in real terms Astoundingly, this is all been

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funded without a penny Perhaps the Chancellor didn't

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want to fund schools and thought that teachers and teaching

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assistants are simply more I wonder if the Secretary

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of State agrees with him? I know they are in full retreat

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from their own manifesto, but I don't see how this 1.3 billion

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can possibly fit with it. Mr Chalk, you're usually

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a very understated fellow. Rather a gentlemanly type,

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I'd always thought. And you're sitting next to a very

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senior member who normally behaves, Prince Andrew over there,

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the very embodiment of... I think there's only one

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party that is retreating We heard over the weekend

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that the promise to students wasn't worth the paper it was written on,

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and I think it was one of the most dishonest pieces of electioneering

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I have seen in many, many years, and our young people

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deserve better than to be peddled some snake oil propaganda that

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proves to be not true. I call the chair of

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the education select committee. The news will be welcomed

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by schools, teachers and parents, especially given the additional

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costs facing our schools. In addition to moving money

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from healthy pupil programmes, my right honourable friend has said

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she is redirecting 200 million from the Department's central

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programme to Well, we will now go

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through a process of looking across those programmes to identify

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that ?200 million. But I think across an entire

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departmental resource budget of ?60 billion,

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it is a reasonable request to make sure that my department and civil

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servants in my Department are having to similarly make

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efficiency savings. While I welcome this announcement,

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of extra money today, isn't the fact that the Government

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got themselves into such a mess over schools funding an indication

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of the fact that they haven't been And I'm not sure they are being

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entirely straight with people now. The Secretary of State talks

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about an increased schools budget, but fails to mention

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that the number of pupils And isn't it the case that even

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with this money today, the truth is that since 2015,

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the real terms cuts per pupils that schools have faced is ?2.8 billion

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and will be further, additional of ?8.9 billion even

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when you take into account So there is still a massive

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shortfall here, and I think it is about time the Government

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started being straight with the figures of the reality

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of what schools on I think we are setting

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out our figures very transparently. One thing I don't expect to happen

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as a result of today's funding announcement is for the website that

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has been worrying parents I don't expect any of those numbers

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to be updated because it is far easier just to simply continue

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to peddle out of date data. She asked me about the numbers

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of pupils, she is of course quite right and that is why I'm sure

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she will welcome the fact that I'm saying that actually,

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the real terms per-pupil spending The Government has announced

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its preferred routes for the HS2 high-speed railway

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north of Birmingham. One main route is to run east

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of Sheffield, with a separate spur to take passengers

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to the city centre. The Government has also announced

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seven contracts worth nearly ?7 billion for some

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of the engineering work There was anger from Conservative

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and Labour MPs over the absence of a Commons statement

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from the Transport Secretary, The points of order

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came thick and fast. And sure enough, the Transport

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Secretary Chris Grayling did get the message and made a statement

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in the Commons later in the day. Can I seek your advice on an urgent

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matter of the HS2 route and the announcement is due to be

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made by the Transport ..Which will affect

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millions of people? The Secretary of State

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began his consultation with an oral statement last November

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and there had been an expectation, Mr Speaker, that he would announce

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his final decisions today with an oral statement,

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and parts of the media All the indications

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are now that the news will be sneaked out in a written statement

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any time now. Mr Speaker, this is a gross

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discourtesy and adds insult So I would seek your advice

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about how we can get the Transport Secretary to come

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to the House and show some Very grateful to the right

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honourable gentleman As others relate to the same

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subject, I will take them, or at least a number

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of them, and then respond. Further to that point

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of order, Mr Speaker, Because today, the Government has

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announced, it's certainly been all over the airwaves,

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?6.6 billion worth of contracts on HS2, and it would seem to me that

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when such a large amount of taxpayers' money is being spent,

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that the minister should come I appreciate the urgent question

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in the statement and the business on the order paper today is equally

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important, but I'm wondering whether you could extend

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the sitting of this House, Mr Speaker, and allow us to

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have a statement from the Minister? This is the latest in a long line

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of actions by the Government which demonstrates an unwillingness

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to make itself available, properly, I, too, sadly think it is outrageous

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that this major item of public expenditure

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which is affecting my constituents and those of many others

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is not being reflected A lot of houses in my constituency

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are going to be demolished and roads are going to go straight

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through a development that has only just taken place,

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that in Derbyshire there will be a slow track dawdling

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its way to Sheffield and beyond and then a fast track

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that goes to Meadowhall. This is a very important matter

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and should be debated at length. I'm afraid it is not

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within the power of I can only deal with

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the situation as it evolves. But what I would say is that if no

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statement is forthcoming from the Minister, it would be

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perfectly open to members to do their best to secure

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parliamentary time and attention tomorrow, and it may be that

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such an exploration would take And it may be that faced

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with that scenario, a minister might think

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it prudent and judicious to anticipate the

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difficulty and to offer Liberal Democrat Tom Brake has

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raised reports that Saudi Arabia He said they included at least two

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who were juveniles at the time of their alleged offences

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and who were convicted on the strength of confessions

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obtained through the use of torture. The Foreign Office Minister Alistair

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Burt insisted that the UK Government opposed the death penalty

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in all circumstances. He said Saudi Arabia was going

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through a process of reform. The new chair of the Commons

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Foreign Affairs Committee Will the minister ask

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the Prime Minister to call on Saudi King Salman

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and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to stop the executions,

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especially of juveniles Mujtaba Sweikat and Salman Qureish,

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from going ahead? Of the executions of juveniles

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and others arrested English into alleged protest activity go

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ahead, will the UK committed to freezing and reviewing any

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criminal justice systems which could contribute

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to the arrest of protesters And what further steps

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will Her Majesty's Government to take to condemn Saudi Arabia's

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use of the death penalty, especially in the case of people

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with disabilities and juveniles such as Ali al-Nimr, Dawoud al-Marhoon,

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and Abdullah al-Zaher? Our starting point for engagement

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on human rights with all countries is based on what is practical,

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realistic and achievable and we will always be ready to speak

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out as a matter of principle. Ministers frequently discuss human

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rights and raise concerns with the Saudi Arabian government,

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we have a balanced relationship with Saudi Arabia and we use

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engagement to encourage reform. We have heard over the years

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Her Majesty's governments talk about the influence it has had over

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the actions of the Saudi government I would be very grateful

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if the Minister could, from his place today,

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give some examples of Because on days like this,

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it does leave some questions It's so difficult to try

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and prove a negative. The authorities with which we deal

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in Saudi Arabia are not necessarily any position to make their judicial

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decisions dependent on external pressure,

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and nor would we be in their case. What we do know is a number

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of allegations are made about possible executions,

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possible exclusions of minors, But whether or not it would be

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specifically laid at the door of any Saudi Arabia is one

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of the world's most prolific executioners and the death penalty

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is increasingly being used as a punishment

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for non-violent acts. Indeed, in January 2016,

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the Saudi authorities executed 47 men in a single day

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for alleged terrorism offences. And just last Monday,

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six men were killed. It is becoming clear that these

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executions are being used not only as a form of draconian punishment,

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but as a tool to suppress political opposition,

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to fight sectarian religious battles against the Shia minority

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and antagonise their religious We are constantly being told

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by the party opposite that we share They are not values

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concerning human rights. They are not values

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of international law. What are these values

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we could possibly share with Saudi Arabia when they propose

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to crucify somebody and to use Well, in response to the honourable

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lady asking for things which we may share in common,

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we shouldn't ignore Saudi Arabia's important contribution

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to regional stability. It has had its own painful

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experiences as the victim of numerous Daesh attacks,

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and the collaboration with Saudi Arabia has

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foiled terrorist attacks, So there are areas

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where our interests work together in the interests

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of the United Kingdom. It is a month now since

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the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, in which over

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80 people died. The tragedy has left dozens of

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families without a permanent home. Some are being offered

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temporary accommodation. A few have received offers

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of permanent homes. When the Communities Secretary Sajid

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Javid updated MPs about re-housing the former Grenfell Tower residents,

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the local MP, Emma Dent Coad, The first new permanent homes

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will be available very shortly, and more are being secured,

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either in Kensington and In the meantime, good quality,

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fully furnished, temporary accommodation in the local area has

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been offered to every family. Sorry, I'm not sure

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about the formalities of this, but in some cases, this is due

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to a single unsuitable offer. The fact that people are refusing

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these homes is because an unsuitable One single, unsuitable offer,

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and this is absolutely true. I am dealing with cases day by day

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and I'm amazed that only 22 households have been matched

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with temporary accommodation, four There are empty homes

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all across the borough and they are still not

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being taken up. They are being offered unsuitable

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homes, can the Secretary of State please answer

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what is happening here? I can tell the honourable lady,

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first of all, there are only 220 temporary homes that

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have been identified. They have been inspected,

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they are all good quality, they are all available

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with good quality accommodation. She has referred to something

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that she is called an unsuitable offer, she should certainly bring

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those details to me and we will certainly look at that

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and take it very seriously. In terms of the families,

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169 families have been, 30 offers of temporary accommodation

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had been accepted by those families. As she will full well know

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from talking to her constituents, many families don't feel ready

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to move into temporary accommodation yet and we will absolutely

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respect their wishes. You're watching Monday

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in Parliament, with me, Coming up, a voyage of discovery

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for one Minister as she watched I was amazed to see the diversity of

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people on horseback and on foot. And I also got some nice food for

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breakfast. With Brexit and the so-called

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"Great Repeal Bill" on the horizon, MPs are putting parliamentary

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scrutiny high on the agenda. Labour claims the Government

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is trying to "stifle" debate by restricting

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the parliamentary timetable. But the Government says it's

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"business as usual", and Labour should focus on policy

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rather than process. The convention is that each

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parliamentary session must include 20 days on which the opposition

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parties set the agenda. But as this session is twice

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the usual length, there's confusion The Government has not

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provided an opposition day before the summer recess,

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making the earliest This means a staggering

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eight months, nearly as long a time as it

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takes to have a baby, without a single opposition day,

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denying vital scrutiny The SNP and Labour

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were equally upset. Perhaps unfavourably,

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this Parliament has already been I actually think that this

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comparison would actually give This is turbo-charged

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political zombie-ism. But it's a curious type

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of zombie-ism, Mr Speaker, cos if you look at them,

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not only are they tearing the flesh from the public,

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but they are starting If you look around Whitehall just

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now, what passes for discourse, normal discourse, amongst

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Secretaries of State and Whitehall departmentsm is briefing

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and counter briefing. And this is what happens,

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Leader of the House, when you do nothing -

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bad stuff happens. This is a Government

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at war with itself. The Government said many important

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debates had already taken place. Last week, we had a vital debate

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on the Grenfell inquiry. Many powerful points

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were raised from members on all sides of the house,

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and it's right that we have prioritised giving time to such

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a catastrophic and tragic event. This week, we are having a general

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debate on what more could be done to eradicate the evil

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of drug misuse, and today, although now under threat by this

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debate, we're scheduled to have a debate on the intimidation

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and abuse of candidates in the general election -

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abuse that challenges the very heart These, to me, Mr Speaker,

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seem to be perfect examples of our parliamentary

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democracy working well. And she accused Labour

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of playing politics. My Government, this party,

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has done far more for parliamentary So far, over 10 million people have

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signed various petitions. The Government has formally

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responded to 264 petitions, and 20 petitions have been

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scheduled for debate. The Government has also responded

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to a 162 urgent questions in this Mr Speaker, this urgent debate

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is the result of party Nearly 13 million people voted

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for the party opposite to come I don't believe they were voting

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for petty time-wasting by Labour. One of the pledges in

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the Conservatives' election manifesto was to give Parliament

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a free vote on whether The Government has said it isn't

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planning to hold a vote during this parliamentary session,

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which is due to last for two years. It's an issue that still

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rouses a few passions. Obviously the message is beginning

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to seep through that Theresa May's support for hunting with hounds

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was massively unpopular The manifesto pledge to reopen

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the debate once again illustrated a party out of touch

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with the British people. The latest polls showed

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that an overwhelming My Lords, it is widely regarded

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as cruel, inhumane and ineffective. So, can the noble lady confirm

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that the ban on fox-hunting is now And can she give a guarantee that

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any approach from the Council of Hunting Associations to

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reverse the legislation will My Lords, I'd like to commend

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the noble lady for her continued Any decision or announcement

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on future legislation programmes will be made before the start

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of the second session However, the Government does

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acknowledge the high level of public interest in this debate,

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and the strength of feeling on this Since the ban, the latest research

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by the British Ornithological Trust and Springwatch have both shown

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a significant fall, a decline, in the numbers

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of both hares and foxes. In asking this question, I am having

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to declare my interest as chairman of the Hunting Association,

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and chairman of the Masters Of Foxhounds Association,

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of which I am pleased gives so much amusement opposite, but are the only

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two organisations, clearly, which have any interest

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in the welfare of Given the latest successful

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prosecution by the police of three members of the Grove

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and Rufford Hunt, does the Minister agree with me that the Hunting Act

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is both enforceable and effective? My Lords, I do agree with the noble

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lady in that the police are under a duty to enforce the Hunting Act,

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and enforcement is ultimately But I would also say that,

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as with any suspected criminal activity, we rely on

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the general public as well. Anyone who believes an offence

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is taking place, or has taken place, should report the matter

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to the local police. My Lords, I declare my

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interest as the president of the Countryside Alliance

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and a passionate hunter. Can I take up with the minister,

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if I may, very briefly, the point that has has just been

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made by the noble The issue where the methods

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available now to those who were suffering fox predation,

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of which I have to say I have been one in recent

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weeks very considerably, are sneering, which is in my view

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likely to cause very considerably greater and prolonged suffering,

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and night shooting, which does cause Does the noble Minister agree

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that what is important, as soon as it is politically

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possible, is to look at the way in which we manage wildlife

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populations and come up with a method which is stable,

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which is acceptable on both sides of the argument,

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and which puts animal welfare at the forefront,

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which I don't believe Will my noble friend join

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with me in commending one of Anthony Trollope's novels

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Of The American Senator? It describes the visit

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to the English countryside in the mid-19th-century

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of Mr Senator Gotobed, who arrives and is at first

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shocked by what he sees in the English countryside,

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fox-hunting in particular, but, after weeks of experience,

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comes round to their merits My Lords, I have not actually read

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that particular book, but I will commend it to you anyway

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because you've got weeks off. But I would like to say, actually,

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that I watched my first hunt earlier this year,

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and I was amazed to see the diversity of people involved,

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from all walks of life, on horseback and on foot, and I also

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got a taste for mini-sausages Well, mini-sausages and port

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might not be on the breakfast menu at Skegness, but a Lincolnshire MP

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is urging holiday-makers to consider Skegness was home to the first

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Butlins Holiday Resort in 1936. It has a clean, sandy beach

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and - says the tourist board - With Parliament on its last week

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before the summer break, minds are, quite naturally,

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turning towards the holidays. Mr Speaker, as you know,

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in Lincolnshire we have some They trip off the tongue

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with a litany of sun and fun - Cleethorpes,

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Mablethorpe, Skegness... Indeed, Mr Speaker, when you go

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on your holidays on Thursday, don't go to Italy and France,

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come to bracing Skegness. So, can I say to my right honourable

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friend, can he promise to use the Coastal Communities Fund

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to promote all-round tourism, and after Brexit match

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the ?143 million we receive in European Regional Development

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Fund for these resorts? Mr Speaker, my right honourable

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friend rightly highlights the importance of all of our coastal

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communities, and of course those in Lincolnshire as well,

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many I had the pleasure of visiting during the recent

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general election campaign, and I can assure that we

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will continue to use the Coastal Communities Fund,

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and whatever other resources we have available,

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to help promote those areas. Brexit and the general election,

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never far from the conversation. Well, that it's from

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Monday In Parliament. Alicia McCarthy will be

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here for the rest of the week, but, from me,

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Kristiina Cooper, goodbye. Yesterday, we saw 27

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degrees in the London area, with increasing amounts of medium

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and upper-level cloud, but the sky stayed pretty much clear

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in northern Scotland. And, through the day today,

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we're going to see those temperatures creeping

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up a notch or two. 29 degrees somewhere

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in England and Wales.

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