Highlights of proceedings in Parliament on Monday 26 February, presented by Mandy Baker.
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Hello and welcome to the programme.
One MP makes a moving plea
for the Government here to do more
for the Syrian people.
This should not be strewn in the
rubble. Those bodies should be piled
up in this chamber.
bodies should be
piled up in this chamber.
hear about the worsening obesity
crisis among children.
And one MP describes hate
crime against Sikhs.
Someone consumed with so much hatred
try to remove the turban to one of
my Sikh just shouting Muslims go
The Russian President has ordered
a daily five-hour pause
in the Syrian government's assault
on the rebel-held area
of Eastern Ghouta.
At the weekend, a UN
Security Council resolution
was passed demanding that
"all parties cease hostilities
without delay for at least 30
consecutive days" to allow
humanitarian aid deliveries
and medical evacuations
of critically ill people.
In an urgent question
to the Foreign Secretary,
a Labour MP did his best
to concentrate minds.
The men and women of that place who
like him pieces deliberately
targeted. The dead children whose
faces are altered by the chlorine
gas that killed them. Mr Speaker,
this should not be strewn in the
rubble of Syria. Those bodies should
be piled up in this chamber and laid
at the feet of government of every
single nation which continues to
shred in the face of this horror.
John Woodcock wondered how effective
the UN's call for a ceasefire
could be because Russia was one
of its members and Russia backed
the regime of President Assad.
The security council is broken when
one of its permanent members
Florence... The service of order it
was... To uphold. Tobique into
inaction by this graduated body, is
greater violation than seeking to
act even without its agent.
was no military solution that we can
impose. I think it is now essential
that the Russians recognise that
just because the president of Syria
is in possession of half the
territory of Syria,, that does not
mean he has come. He has come
nowhere near a complete military
victory. I don't thing is within his
When Assad continues. Are we just
got a lots of our say enough.
always believe such questions are
posed in this House, there is very
often a Marshall, most of the sent
from benches on both sides. -- I
share that sentiment, I would like
to see us in a position to do
something. Not allowed the use of
chemical weapons to grunt,
unpunished. I just remind the House
of what happened in 2013 would it
have that choice, we have that
option and we fail to take it. Let
us not have the people of Syria.
What I shared that it is the
key of some members of this House
that this can only be solved an
invention of the rest. I think it
would only deepen the well.
Ultimately we can only and this
dreadful conflict and suffering of
the Syrian people through genuine
The Russian defence
Minister that starting tomorrow
there will be it daily humanitarian
pause. Does the foreign secretary
agree with me and that limiting the
bombing to 19 hours a day as opposed
to 24 is going to be as comfort to
resident of hell on earth as was
described. ... To make sure that
Russia abides by the terms. Because,
isn't the reason we are having this
discussion today, because in the
past the word of the West fail to
have any impact?
It is absurd for
the Russians to say the Otonabee
does this thing for a number of
hours a day. There needs to be a
complete cease-fire. There has to be
an end to the carnage. Russia has to
be held to account. The Russians
responsible for this will eventually
be held to account.
The Foreign Secretary
said he also regretted
The boss of the company running
trains between London and Edinburgh
has blamed "political uncertainty"
for the premature
end of its contract.
The head of Stagecoach told
the Public Accounts Committee
that the loss of the East Coast
franchise would cost his
company £200 million.
Stagecoach will lose
its franchise within months.
The Government says it
got its numbers wrong.
MPs wanted to know why.
In the last few years, UK growth
economy has collapsed. It is into
the will to do list -- like
political stability, attacks such as
the fundamentalist that we are all
uncertainties stop someone from
going on -- like getting on a train
and going somewhere?
Will Wood but
for this franchise and a buddy 's
first saw two referendums, when in
Scotland, the Brexit referendum,
another general election.
The we are
in a very different place. It is a
baffling excuse, think of the
subject referendums stop people from
travelling it is part of the
experience. How exactly is a fairly
irrelevant to what we are
When did you know that
this was a problem. Hydrogen monitor
this contact, had this content was
going in that unit and get a result
you wanted hydrogen monitor -- I
knew about this a few weeks after we
got them. After you got the
contactless Mac I knew we had a
problem. How about you internal I
think I've been an incredible job
Delays in track improvement works
have been blamed for problems.
blamed for problems.
Virgin said its franchise bid
was based on promised
what has happened since.
enhancements have been delayed.
Working with Networld -- Mr haven't
long have Eurotunnel rail industry?
Have you ever done of the project
delivered on time?
some of the work that network have
been doing on some of it has been
delivered on time and some that
But you must acknowledge
that there is a high percentage that
is not delivered on time.
Then it got personal.
Did you get a bonus payment is your?
I do not decide my bonus. I would've
expected to take a bonus this year.
So if you are offered a bonus, would
you refuse you would refuse a? Would
you give it back if you offered a
I would in this case.
Meg Hillier said that was
a small heartening point
in what was not a good example
of railway management.
You're watching Monday in Parliament
with me, Mandy Baker.
MPs have called on the Government
to increase defence spending
amid warnings of a growing
threat from Russia.
The demands come as Ministers
are conducting a defence review due
to be completed in July.
There was concern on both
sides of the Commons
about the current level of spending.
The head of the Army has warned that
Britain's ability to respond
to military threats from Russia
would be "eroded" without
We are falling short. The Government
simply has to commit to spending
more if we are going to have the
Armed Forces this country requires.
In order to maintain our
independence, not just our
sovereignty but our freedom of
action in our ability to make our
own decisions. Rather than be taken
by circumstances, we need to be
highly trained, fully mapped and
well-equipped armed forces. For
trading island nation, at a cost for
Brexit, and turning her face to the
well, Great Britain must turn...
None of us want our army to be
damaged. We all know our personnel
when fully trained and well
committed can be some of the best in
the world. Something we shared with
our Nato alliance. We are getting
weaker and that is unacceptable.
during the Cold War, if we spent 5%
of GDP. If we had to do it again, we
are certainly not able to do so. Our
allies also need to make greater
contribution as well. If we to
maintain an independent nuclear
deterrent. And build-up are where
reserves, we are obviously going to
have to spend something closer to 3%
of defence rather than two.
no disguising the fact that this
country is not spending enough on
defence and security of the realm.
That's the final two as finality of
it. That's the truth. My advice to
the defence Minister is to actually
use, I'll say it again, at the
defence secretary to use the power
and because of this Parliament to go
to the Prime Minister and tell the
prime Minister that we the L --
elected representatives do not think
that by and large we are spending
enough on the security of the
What I like best on what I
look to in this debate is the magic
formula, of Dutch bank -- when we
are spending a fraction of what we
used to spend in terms of percentage
of GDP when confronted with threats
such as represented today, and
saying that everything is fine and
we are on course. We are not on
course, we need to change course and
the direction we have to go is for a
significant uplift to 3% of GDP to
be spent on the defence of the
We should be careful
not to rest on our laurels. We
should look at the Sun is an
absolute minimum. It is a start, not
an end point. The world is
constantly changing both politically
and technologically. It is crucial
that we are -- our army is funded
sufficiently. To protect this
country it also possesses.
a fundamental problem in the way
this Parliament, this government,
has decided to go on defence. Even
if the solution we are thinking of
is not a perfect solution, something
has to give. Because this is simply
As I had said
before that will disappear from
across the House of this resulted in
proper investment in our Armed
Forces. But it will be deep disquiet
if the review results in yet of the
kind that have been widely believed
in the press in recent months.
message has to be highly clear. If
you want to continue playing a
crucial role on the international
stage, ever want to provide critical
security that Perspex that will to
remain want to remain a leading
contributor in the against
extremism, we cannot continue to
invest on a budget of 2%, 2% is just
not enough. So this is a question.
Madam Deputy Speaker. Not just this
government, not just of
parliamentarians, before Britain.
What status, what will we aspire to
play as we seek to trade more
widely, in a world that is becoming
A Labour MP has complained that
plans to confront hate crime
don't adequately consider
offences against Sikhs.
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi described
a racist incident that took place
outside Parliament last week.
I was disgusted on Wednesday night
when someone consumed with so much
hatred tried to pull off the turbine
of one of my seat guests as he
queued up just outside our apartment
buildings and shouted, Muslim, go
back home. Mr Speaker, it has been
brought to the Government attention
that previous occasions that the
hate crime action plan to properly
record and monitor hate crimes
completely ignores the Sikhs. The
Sikhs regard the turbine as a crown
on their heads. When you yourself
presided over the launch of the
national Sikh war Memorial campaign
for which I am extremely grateful,
you would have ascertained the
strength of feeling in the community
to have a statute of turbaned Sikh
soldiers and our capital because
more than 80,000 turbaned
individuals die for the freedom of
this country, our country. Given
this considerable context, when
given your advice, perhaps you would
be kind enough to impress upon the
House authorities and the police to
take this matter very seriously. And
to bring the assailant to justice.
The Speaker said the incident
was truly appalling and the police
He said he would write
to the victim to express
the regret of the whole House.
UK millennials are on track to be
the most overweight generation
since records began,
health experts say.
Based on population trends,
more than seven in every ten people
born between the early 1980s
and mid-90s will be too fat
by the time they reach middle age.
In comparison, about half
of the "baby boomer"
generation, born just
after the Second World War,
were fat at that age.
Five-year-olds are now eating their
own in sugar every year. Obesity is
the second largest cause of cancer
and it reduces life expectancy of
210 years. So what is needed is not
voluntary action that will come back
-- that will combat the epidemic the
country is facing, but what is
needed is a mandatory referral
religion targets for the reduction
of added sugar, fat, and carries
across all products as well as
common-sense policies directed at
early years which includes or raw
health initiatives. So can the
Minister confirm that there will be
a more robust, mandatory element in
future stages of the national
The noble lady is
quite right to highlight this issue.
We sell more research and not just
the prevalence of obesity among
younger people but the catastrophic
young -- health risks that come from
that. When you look at the actions
that were in the open sea plan, the
production of sugar by tuque -- by
20% by 2020 with 5% interim target
and the sugar, that led to serious
action. The 2% of the tricks that
otherwise had been captured have
never deuced the formulation. But we
will see in the spring is evidence
of whether has had the divine -- a
side effect. We're leaving all
options open if it requires Cybele
Summit agreed that it would be good
to reintroduce the massive size and
all schools so that people can have
a better mechanism for action
preparing higher-quality foods than
Then the assured that
the noble lord does did the SGA in
clued elements around nutrition and
healthy eating. And many schools do
offer the classes he talks about.
The Health Minister.
Labour has demanded extra funding
and resources for the Fire Service.
The call came as MPs paid tribute
to the members of the emergency
services dealing with the aftermath
of an explosion in
a shop in Leicester.
The cause of the blast isn't known
but it's not thought
to be terrorist-related.
The Home Secretary updated the
Commons on the latest information.
Five people are now confirmed to
have died in an explosion at a shop
last night on Hinckley Road. Five
others the Germain in hospital, one
with serious injuries. And my thanks
to the fire crews for continuing to
search for survivors and the
hospital staff who are working
tirelessly to save lives. I know I
speak for all of us when our
thoughts are with the family of the
friends as well as those of an
The number of fire versus
cut by 11,000 since 2010, their
wages has seen real terms pay cut.
The current level of un-earmarked
reserves equates to just three weeks
operating costs at the same time as
deaths and fires have increased. I
would like to ask the Minister to
reconsider the levels of funding and
resourcing for our Fire Service.
Whilst there has been praised today
for our firefighters, when will the
Government paid in a fair wage for
the courageous work at the
courageous work they undertake,
Firefighters go into burning
buildings to save lives, their
professional, compassionate heroes
their lives at risks to save our
families. In the Minister really
look every single one of them in the
eye tell them it's acceptable that
they have in real terms received a
The Government is
determined to make sure that
firefighters who do difficult
commentators work as we have seen
today in Leicester get their fair
pay for their work. It is also very
sure that over recent years they
have been asked to make sacrifices
as part of the contribution to
getting on top of the deficit we
inherited from the party opposite.
There is no disagreement over the
graves were to do, beside a grateful
and in Leicester as well. There are
active negotiations going on between
those are responsible which his
employer and employee. Central
government does not have a role in
that process unless we are called
then for additional support. She
talks about reserves and Labour
Party are in denial on this. The
fact is that the fire system that
claims to be short of cast -- -- as
increases in reserves by two and £88
million is 2011. You can only
increase by not using the money that
should have been given. Our request
to the Fire Services tell us what
you would do with the public's
Ore than 90,000 people have signed
an online petition calling
for Britain to ban the export
of live farm animals.
The Government is understood to be
considering ending the practise.
It will launch a consultation
in the spring.
Currently, live animal exports
from Britain and Europe
are controlled by an EU regulation.
A Labour MP said Brexit provided
the perfect opportunity
for a new law to make
the trade illegal.
Countless animals continue to endure
grueling journeys every year. In
2012, 40 sheep had to be euthanized
after being cramped into a truck.
Just last August it was reported
that 500 sheet sent for days without
any access to food or water while
being transported to Turkey. Many of
you will have seen today's story in
the times that more than 5000 deal
cause this year are discarded by the
dairy industry wanted 35 hour
journeys from Scotland to Spain.
as Mr Wilson make this one of the
first great steps as Britain takes
back control from the European
Union. Because as Gandhi once said,
the greatness of a nation and its
moral progress can be judged by the
way its animals are treated.
should not be banding live exports
because if we do that, we will lose
control through the Irish border and
potentially the animals that we are
seeking to improve the welfare of,
well end up travelling from so
island to Spain or France, and
journeys considerably longer than
they need to be. What we need to do
is to improve the standards of
transport within the United Kingdom.
And then when they arrive in cant
ready to cross the channel, they
must be properly veterinary
It would be great if
this is all happening with an
improvement in the quality of
inspection and the quality of
prosecution where necessary. But
sadly, there have been major cuts in
The Government would
prefer to see animals for slaughter
to the point of production. As a
trade in meat on the hook as alba
member pointed out, is preferable to
trade based on the transports of
live animals. But the Government is
committed to improving the welfare
of all animals and shares both
British farmers and the British
public's high regard for animal
If you're an England rugby fan,
you'll be all too aware that things
didn't go quite according to plan
in Saturday's Calcutta Cup.
One Scottish MP felt compelled
to bring the matter to the attention
of his English counterparts,
especially as his constituency
includes the Murrayfield Stadium.
But how to do it?
A point of order, Mr Iain Murray
Cybele thinking this is bigger.
There's a convention in the House
when a member permit visits on us is
consistent. Many merits a from
may has stayed
misstate and dying. I wonder if
there is a mechanism to find out who
they were so I could read to them?
To remind them... To remind them...
To remind them not only to offer
convention, but maybe gloat about
the Calcutta success of Scotland?
The final score was
Scotland 25, England 13.
I have Welsh origins,
so I'm not saying anything.
And that's all we've got time for.
So from me, Mandy Baker,
for now, goodbye.