26/02/2018 Monday in Parliament


26/02/2018

Highlights of proceedings in Parliament on Monday 26 February, presented by Mandy Baker.


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Hello and welcome to the programme.

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Coming up.

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One MP makes a moving plea

for the Government here to do more

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for the Syrian people.

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This should not be strewn in the

rubble. Those bodies should be piled

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up in this chamber.

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The

bodies should be

piled up in this chamber.

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Lords

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hear about the worsening obesity

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crisis among children.

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And one MP describes hate

crime against Sikhs.

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Someone consumed with so much hatred

try to remove the turban to one of

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my Sikh just shouting Muslims go

home!

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The Russian President has ordered

a daily five-hour pause

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in the Syrian government's assault

on the rebel-held area

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of Eastern Ghouta.

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At the weekend, a UN

Security Council resolution

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was passed demanding that

"all parties cease hostilities

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without delay for at least 30

consecutive days" to allow

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humanitarian aid deliveries

and medical evacuations

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of critically ill people.

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In an urgent question

to the Foreign Secretary,

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a Labour MP did his best

to concentrate minds.

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The men and women of that place who

like him pieces deliberately

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targeted. The dead children whose

faces are altered by the chlorine

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gas that killed them. Mr Speaker,

this should not be strewn in the

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rubble of Syria. Those bodies should

be piled up in this chamber and laid

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at the feet of government of every

single nation which continues to

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shred in the face of this horror.

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John Woodcock wondered how effective

the UN's call for a ceasefire

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could be because Russia was one

of its members and Russia backed

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the regime of President Assad.

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The security council is broken when

one of its permanent members

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Florence... The service of order it

was... To uphold. Tobique into

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inaction by this graduated body, is

greater violation than seeking to

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act even without its agent.

There

was no military solution that we can

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impose. I think it is now essential

that the Russians recognise that

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just because the president of Syria

is in possession of half the

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territory of Syria,, that does not

mean he has come. He has come

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nowhere near a complete military

victory. I don't thing is within his

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grasp.

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When Assad continues. Are we just

got a lots of our say enough.

I

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always believe such questions are

posed in this House, there is very

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often a Marshall, most of the sent

from benches on both sides. -- I

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share that sentiment, I would like

to see us in a position to do

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something. Not allowed the use of

chemical weapons to grunt,

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unpunished. I just remind the House

of what happened in 2013 would it

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have that choice, we have that

option and we fail to take it. Let

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us not have the people of Syria.

Again.

What I shared that it is the

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key of some members of this House

that this can only be solved an

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invention of the rest. I think it

would only deepen the well.

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Ultimately we can only and this

dreadful conflict and suffering of

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the Syrian people through genuine

peace talks.

The Russian defence

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Minister that starting tomorrow

there will be it daily humanitarian

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pause. Does the foreign secretary

agree with me and that limiting the

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bombing to 19 hours a day as opposed

to 24 is going to be as comfort to

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resident of hell on earth as was

described. ... To make sure that

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Russia abides by the terms. Because,

isn't the reason we are having this

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discussion today, because in the

past the word of the West fail to

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have any impact?

It is absurd for

the Russians to say the Otonabee

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does this thing for a number of

hours a day. There needs to be a

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complete cease-fire. There has to be

an end to the carnage. Russia has to

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be held to account. The Russians

responsible for this will eventually

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be held to account.

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Boris Johnson.

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The Foreign Secretary

said he also regretted

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The boss of the company running

trains between London and Edinburgh

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has blamed "political uncertainty"

for the premature

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end of its contract.

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The head of Stagecoach told

the Public Accounts Committee

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that the loss of the East Coast

franchise would cost his

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company £200 million.

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Stagecoach will lose

its franchise within months.

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The Government says it

got its numbers wrong.

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MPs wanted to know why.

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In the last few years, UK growth

economy has collapsed. It is into

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the will to do list -- like

political stability, attacks such as

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the fundamentalist that we are all

aware of.

Hottest political

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uncertainties stop someone from

going on -- like getting on a train

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and going somewhere?

Will Wood but

for this franchise and a buddy 's

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first saw two referendums, when in

Scotland, the Brexit referendum,

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another general election.

The we are

in a very different place. It is a

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baffling excuse, think of the

subject referendums stop people from

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travelling it is part of the

experience. How exactly is a fairly

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irrelevant to what we are

discussing.

When did you know that

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this was a problem. Hydrogen monitor

this contact, had this content was

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going in that unit and get a result

you wanted hydrogen monitor -- I

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knew about this a few weeks after we

got them. After you got the

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contactless Mac I knew we had a

problem. How about you internal I

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think I've been an incredible job

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Delays in track improvement works

have been blamed for problems.

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blamed for problems.

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Virgin said its franchise bid

was based on promised

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track improvements.

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what has happened since.

The

enhancements have been delayed.

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Working with Networld -- Mr haven't

long have Eurotunnel rail industry?

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Have you ever done of the project

delivered on time?

Actually take

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some of the work that network have

been doing on some of it has been

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delivered on time and some that

haven't.

But you must acknowledge

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that there is a high percentage that

is not delivered on time.

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Then it got personal.

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Did you get a bonus payment is your?

I do not decide my bonus. I would've

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expected to take a bonus this year.

So if you are offered a bonus, would

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you refuse you would refuse a? Would

you give it back if you offered a

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bonus?

I would in this case.

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Meg Hillier said that was

a small heartening point

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in what was not a good example

of railway management.

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You're watching Monday in Parliament

with me, Mandy Baker.

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MPs have called on the Government

to increase defence spending

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amid warnings of a growing

threat from Russia.

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The demands come as Ministers

are conducting a defence review due

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to be completed in July.

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There was concern on both

sides of the Commons

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about the current level of spending.

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The head of the Army has warned that

Britain's ability to respond

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to military threats from Russia

would be "eroded" without

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further investment.

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We are falling short. The Government

simply has to commit to spending

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more if we are going to have the

Armed Forces this country requires.

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In order to maintain our

independence, not just our

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sovereignty but our freedom of

action in our ability to make our

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own decisions. Rather than be taken

by circumstances, we need to be

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highly trained, fully mapped and

well-equipped armed forces. For

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trading island nation, at a cost for

Brexit, and turning her face to the

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well, Great Britain must turn...

None of us want our army to be

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damaged. We all know our personnel

when fully trained and well

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committed can be some of the best in

the world. Something we shared with

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our Nato alliance. We are getting

weaker and that is unacceptable.

If

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during the Cold War, if we spent 5%

of GDP. If we had to do it again, we

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are certainly not able to do so. Our

allies also need to make greater

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contribution as well. If we to

maintain an independent nuclear

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deterrent. And build-up are where

reserves, we are obviously going to

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have to spend something closer to 3%

of defence rather than two.

There is

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no disguising the fact that this

country is not spending enough on

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defence and security of the realm.

That's the final two as finality of

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it. That's the truth. My advice to

the defence Minister is to actually

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use, I'll say it again, at the

defence secretary to use the power

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and because of this Parliament to go

to the Prime Minister and tell the

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prime Minister that we the L --

elected representatives do not think

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that by and large we are spending

enough on the security of the

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country.

What I like best on what I

look to in this debate is the magic

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formula, of Dutch bank -- when we

are spending a fraction of what we

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used to spend in terms of percentage

of GDP when confronted with threats

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such as represented today, and

saying that everything is fine and

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we are on course. We are not on

course, we need to change course and

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the direction we have to go is for a

significant uplift to 3% of GDP to

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be spent on the defence of the

United Kingdom.

We should be careful

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not to rest on our laurels. We

should look at the Sun is an

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absolute minimum. It is a start, not

an end point. The world is

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constantly changing both politically

and technologically. It is crucial

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that we are -- our army is funded

sufficiently. To protect this

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country it also possesses.

There is

a fundamental problem in the way

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this Parliament, this government,

has decided to go on defence. Even

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if the solution we are thinking of

is not a perfect solution, something

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has to give. Because this is simply

not sustainable.

As I had said

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before that will disappear from

across the House of this resulted in

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proper investment in our Armed

Forces. But it will be deep disquiet

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if the review results in yet of the

kind that have been widely believed

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in the press in recent months.

The

message has to be highly clear. If

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you want to continue playing a

crucial role on the international

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stage, ever want to provide critical

security that Perspex that will to

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remain want to remain a leading

contributor in the against

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extremism, we cannot continue to

invest on a budget of 2%, 2% is just

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not enough. So this is a question.

Madam Deputy Speaker. Not just this

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government, not just of

parliamentarians, before Britain.

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What status, what will we aspire to

play as we seek to trade more

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widely, in a world that is becoming

more dangerous?

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A Labour MP has complained that

plans to confront hate crime

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don't adequately consider

offences against Sikhs.

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Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi described

a racist incident that took place

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outside Parliament last week.

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I was disgusted on Wednesday night

when someone consumed with so much

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hatred tried to pull off the turbine

of one of my seat guests as he

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queued up just outside our apartment

buildings and shouted, Muslim, go

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back home. Mr Speaker, it has been

brought to the Government attention

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that previous occasions that the

hate crime action plan to properly

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record and monitor hate crimes

completely ignores the Sikhs. The

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Sikhs regard the turbine as a crown

on their heads. When you yourself

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presided over the launch of the

national Sikh war Memorial campaign

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for which I am extremely grateful,

you would have ascertained the

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strength of feeling in the community

to have a statute of turbaned Sikh

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soldiers and our capital because

more than 80,000 turbaned

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individuals die for the freedom of

this country, our country. Given

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this considerable context, when

given your advice, perhaps you would

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be kind enough to impress upon the

House authorities and the police to

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take this matter very seriously. And

to bring the assailant to justice.

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The Speaker said the incident

was truly appalling and the police

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were investigating.

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He said he would write

to the victim to express

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the regret of the whole House.

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UK millennials are on track to be

the most overweight generation

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since records began,

health experts say.

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Based on population trends,

more than seven in every ten people

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born between the early 1980s

and mid-90s will be too fat

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by the time they reach middle age.

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In comparison, about half

of the "baby boomer"

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generation, born just

after the Second World War,

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were fat at that age.

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Five-year-olds are now eating their

own in sugar every year. Obesity is

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the second largest cause of cancer

and it reduces life expectancy of

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210 years. So what is needed is not

voluntary action that will come back

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-- that will combat the epidemic the

country is facing, but what is

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needed is a mandatory referral

religion targets for the reduction

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of added sugar, fat, and carries

across all products as well as

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common-sense policies directed at

early years which includes or raw

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health initiatives. So can the

Minister confirm that there will be

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a more robust, mandatory element in

future stages of the national

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obesity strategy?

The noble lady is

quite right to highlight this issue.

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We sell more research and not just

the prevalence of obesity among

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younger people but the catastrophic

young -- health risks that come from

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that. When you look at the actions

that were in the open sea plan, the

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production of sugar by tuque -- by

20% by 2020 with 5% interim target

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and the sugar, that led to serious

action. The 2% of the tricks that

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otherwise had been captured have

never deuced the formulation. But we

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will see in the spring is evidence

of whether has had the divine -- a

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side effect. We're leaving all

options open if it requires Cybele

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Summit agreed that it would be good

to reintroduce the massive size and

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all schools so that people can have

a better mechanism for action

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preparing higher-quality foods than

fast foods.

Then the assured that

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the noble lord does did the SGA in

clued elements around nutrition and

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healthy eating. And many schools do

offer the classes he talks about.

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The Health Minister.

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Labour has demanded extra funding

and resources for the Fire Service.

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The call came as MPs paid tribute

to the members of the emergency

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services dealing with the aftermath

of an explosion in

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a shop in Leicester.

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The cause of the blast isn't known

but it's not thought

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to be terrorist-related.

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The Home Secretary updated the

Commons on the latest information.

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Five people are now confirmed to

have died in an explosion at a shop

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last night on Hinckley Road. Five

others the Germain in hospital, one

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with serious injuries. And my thanks

to the fire crews for continuing to

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search for survivors and the

hospital staff who are working

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tirelessly to save lives. I know I

speak for all of us when our

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thoughts are with the family of the

friends as well as those of an

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injured.

The number of fire versus

cut by 11,000 since 2010, their

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wages has seen real terms pay cut.

The current level of un-earmarked

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reserves equates to just three weeks

operating costs at the same time as

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deaths and fires have increased. I

would like to ask the Minister to

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reconsider the levels of funding and

resourcing for our Fire Service.

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Whilst there has been praised today

for our firefighters, when will the

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Government paid in a fair wage for

the courageous work at the

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courageous work they undertake,

when?

Firefighters go into burning

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buildings to save lives, their

professional, compassionate heroes

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their lives at risks to save our

families. In the Minister really

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look every single one of them in the

eye tell them it's acceptable that

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they have in real terms received a

pay cut?

The Government is

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determined to make sure that

firefighters who do difficult

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commentators work as we have seen

today in Leicester get their fair

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pay for their work. It is also very

sure that over recent years they

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have been asked to make sacrifices

as part of the contribution to

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getting on top of the deficit we

inherited from the party opposite.

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There is no disagreement over the

graves were to do, beside a grateful

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and in Leicester as well. There are

active negotiations going on between

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those are responsible which his

employer and employee. Central

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government does not have a role in

that process unless we are called

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then for additional support. She

talks about reserves and Labour

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Party are in denial on this. The

fact is that the fire system that

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claims to be short of cast -- -- as

increases in reserves by two and £88

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million is 2011. You can only

increase by not using the money that

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should have been given. Our request

to the Fire Services tell us what

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you would do with the public's

money.

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Nick Hurd.

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Ore than 90,000 people have signed

an online petition calling

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for Britain to ban the export

of live farm animals.

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The Government is understood to be

considering ending the practise.

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It will launch a consultation

in the spring.

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Currently, live animal exports

from Britain and Europe

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are controlled by an EU regulation.

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A Labour MP said Brexit provided

the perfect opportunity

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for a new law to make

the trade illegal.

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Countless animals continue to endure

grueling journeys every year. In

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2012, 40 sheep had to be euthanized

after being cramped into a truck.

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Just last August it was reported

that 500 sheet sent for days without

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any access to food or water while

being transported to Turkey. Many of

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you will have seen today's story in

the times that more than 5000 deal

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cause this year are discarded by the

dairy industry wanted 35 hour

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journeys from Scotland to Spain.

But

as Mr Wilson make this one of the

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first great steps as Britain takes

back control from the European

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Union. Because as Gandhi once said,

the greatness of a nation and its

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moral progress can be judged by the

way its animals are treated.

We

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should not be banding live exports

because if we do that, we will lose

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control through the Irish border and

potentially the animals that we are

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seeking to improve the welfare of,

well end up travelling from so

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island to Spain or France, and

journeys considerably longer than

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they need to be. What we need to do

is to improve the standards of

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transport within the United Kingdom.

And then when they arrive in cant

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ready to cross the channel, they

must be properly veterinary

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inspectors.

It would be great if

this is all happening with an

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improvement in the quality of

inspection and the quality of

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prosecution where necessary. But

sadly, there have been major cuts in

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this area.

The Government would

prefer to see animals for slaughter

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to the point of production. As a

trade in meat on the hook as alba

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member pointed out, is preferable to

trade based on the transports of

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live animals. But the Government is

committed to improving the welfare

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of all animals and shares both

British farmers and the British

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public's high regard for animal

welfare.

0:24:440:24:48

If you're an England rugby fan,

you'll be all too aware that things

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didn't go quite according to plan

in Saturday's Calcutta Cup.

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One Scottish MP felt compelled

to bring the matter to the attention

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of his English counterparts,

especially as his constituency

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includes the Murrayfield Stadium.

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But how to do it?

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A point of order, Mr Iain Murray

Cybele thinking this is bigger.

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There's a convention in the House

when a member permit visits on us is

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consistent. Many merits a from

England

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may has stayed

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misstate and dying. I wonder if

there is a mechanism to find out who

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they were so I could read to them?

To remind them... To remind them...

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To remind them not only to offer

convention, but maybe gloat about

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the Calcutta success of Scotland?

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The final score was

Scotland 25, England 13.

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I have Welsh origins,

so I'm not saying anything.

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And that's all we've got time for.

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So from me, Mandy Baker,

for now, goodbye.

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