07/03/2017 Ten Minute Rule Bill


Recorded coverage of the introduction of a Ten Minute Rule Bill on HM the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee, from Tuesday 7 March.

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MrSpeaker, I beg to move that legal be given to bring in a bill to make


provision for a national public holiday marking the Queen's Saphire


Jubilee in June this year and to establish a framework to ensure that


the United Kingdom, its overseas territories and Crown dependencies


appropriately commemorate this occasion and for connected purposes.


On 6th February this year marked the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty the


Queen's accession to the throne. This is a truly remarkable milestone


for our longest serving monarch in the history of our proud nation and


peoples. Her Majesty the Queen's sapphire Jubilee must surely be a


cause of great celebration across the British Isles. In all corners of


the kingdom, and indeed throughout Her Majesty's overseas territories,


Crown dependencies, her other realms and across the Commonwealth of


nations. As you will know, MrSpeaker, during Her Majesty's


reign there have been three Royal Jubilees, the Silver Jubilee of


1977, the Golden Jubilee of 2002, and the Diamond Jubilee of 2012. In


each case the British people paid tribute to Her Majesty for her


service to the nation with spectacular events in Counties,


cities, towns and villages throughout these Islands. Including


parades, street parties, Church services, fetes, school Assemblies,


and the lighting of beacons up and down the land.


National celebrations also took place, usually in June, with


services of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, combined with


military parades throughout the streets of London, and for the


Diamond Jubilee a flotilla along the River Thames. Her Majesty and the


Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal family have appeared on


the balcony of Buckingham Palace as the spectacle of a fly pass by the


Royal air force, the red arrows and in the case of the golden jubilee,


Concorde flew overhead. Millions of people filled the streets of London,


gathering in the Mall to celebrate the Queen, singing and dancing. On


each occasion the nation's spirits were lifted. Come rain or shine, the


people rose to the occasion the length and breadth of the nation.


The silver, golden and diamond jubilee is brought the country


together in nationwide displays of affection for the Queen and the


Sapphire Jubilee must surely do so again this year. It will remind us


of our rich heritage, our cultural identity as part of a great British


family, sharing a union of the crowns, unbroken since 1603. Whether


we consider ourselves to be English, Scottish, Ulstermen, Irish, Welsh,


Manx, Jersey men, Guernsey men, from the Gibraltar, from Bermuda or


whichever identity within the British family we happened to call


our own, the celebration of the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee must be a


cause that brings each and every one of us together in honour of Queen


and country. Mr Speaker, just look around the world today and see


politicians as presidents. Prime ministers and leaders of nations who


come and go, but here in the United Kingdom how fortunate we are to have


such a dedicated mutual head of state as a constitutional monarch,


who defends our laws and upholds our democracy and is the guardian of our


Constitution, providing the foundations for stable and


accountable government. Just as previous jubilees have been


celebrated far and wide, it must surely be right that the Sapphire


Jubilee is as well. In fact, I say to this House that Her Majesty's


Sapphire Jubilee should be the greatest jubilee of all as no other


monarch has reached 65 years on the throne. And it is inconceivable that


any future king or queen will reach such an achievement for years to


come. We can't let the year passed without a celebration befitting the


occasion, saluting Her Majesty for all she has done for our nation and


the wider commonwealth, but also to prove to ourselves once again that


what unites our country and people is much greater than what divides


us. Her Majesty the Queen is undoubtedly the most uniting figure


of our nation. She is the fundamental component of our common


British identity. As a people we shared beliefs, principles and


obligations and so let us cherish our common heritage and in so doing


ensure our common destiny. It is my fervent belief that the Queen


exemplifies all that is great and good about our nation and represents


the continuity that our forebears did so much to hand to us. Most


especially the freedom of our island home that we today cherish so much.


As our Queen and sovereign, Her Majesty brings steadfastness and


stability to our Constitution, our parliamentary democracy and


throughout our society. The importance of this dead fastness


cannot be understated. Her Majesty is the single greatest flag bearer


of stability and continuity. And so the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee must be


a time for everyone to celebrate this great milestone in the history


of our island people. Whether from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland


or Wales, the Crown dependencies, the Jersey and Guernsey Islands,


overseas, people of British ancestry scattered across the globe, the


United kingdom taking believed will encourage Her Majesty's other rams


to celebrate the Sapphire Jubilee. After all, the Queen is Queen of


Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Canada, grenade, Jamaica,


New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, said Lucio, Saint Vincent, the Solomon


Islands. Our friends in these nations must also have the chance to


celebrate as the Sapphire Jubilee is as much their celebration as it is


the British are else. All the people of the United Kingdom, Northern


Ireland, overseas territories and dependencies should mark the


occasion of the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee with a celebration that such


a significant landmark deserves. It will give councils the authority to


make plans now for local celebrations. Providing the street


parties, carnivals and special events to take place without the


tiresome bureaucracy that can get in the way. One weekend in June could


be designated Sapphire Jubilee weekend with an additional bank


holiday immediately afterwards that could be a national day for a


thanksgiving service. The weekend of Trooping the Colour might also be an


option for the official Sapphire Jubilee celebrations. As the first


ever Sapphire Jubilee of a reigning British monarch, we cannot allow


this great occasion to go on celebrated. On the contrary, Mr


Speaker, Her Majesty's 65th anniversary as our sovereign and


head of state must be an opportunity to unite all British people,


together with those of other nationalities who have made Britain


the home and who might also want to celebrate with pride and patriotism.


And so in presenting this bill today my hope is that it will draw


attention to this highly significant event. Time may be short to arrange


celebrations for June, but I believe the spirit of our nation will


inspire the people to make Her Majesty's -- Her Majesty the Queen's


Sapphire Jubilee a spectacular occasion that will be remembered for


years to come and we will be able to demonstrate our heartfelt thanks to


Her Majesty for what she has done. I commend this bill to the House. The


question is that the honourable member has lead to bring in the


bill. Whilst I have no objection whatsoever to the people of the


United Kingdom and wider celebrating the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee, I do


feel that as with most proposals, the devil is in the detail and that


is why I am forced is big against this bill. I would like to press for


greater detail and that we may learn from the problems created for UK


workers from the most recent extra public holidays which were held on


April 29 2011 to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate


Middleton and on June the 5th 2012 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond


Jubilee. On both those occasions I was working for the NHS and I was


also an elected workplace trade union rapped for Unite. Not everyone


in the NHS was able to ensure the public holidays. Essential public


services still have to be provided many staff were required to remain


in work on those days in order to provide and urgent care. Problems


arose with how these staff were to be remunerated because NHS terms and


conditions under a gender -- under agenda for change says that staff


are entitled to eight bank holidays and these extra bank holidays


counted as nine. My NHS boss refused to pay staff working on those days


at the bank holiday rate and paid them at the normal rate. I tried to


negotiate a better rate of pay, but I came up against a blanket refusal


from management to recognise these days as bank holidays and therefore


not qualifying for the high rate of pay. Before the Diamond Jubilee


celebrations are replied to -- I wrote to David Cameron. His reply


was unhelpful. We were left with a situation where hard-working


dedicated NHS staff who gave up their days off to provide a service


were not adequately remunerated. I don't want to see this happen again


with this new build. Unite revealed that some NHS trusts treated the


Diamond Jubilee as a normal working day. Unite had even written to the


Queen of behalf of its 100,000 members in the health service on


this issue, but alas, to no avail. Additionally in April 2011, prior to


the royal wedding, the Daily Mail reported that more than a tenth of


employers said that they would not be giving the workers are paid day


off, according to a poll by the chartered Institute of payroll


professionals. Employment law experts said that workers were the


victims of a lottery which depended entirely upon the wording in the


contract. For example, if the contract states that the employee is


entitled to 28 days holiday including all back and public


holidays, the worker will be entitled to paid time off. However


if the contract stated the worker was in total to 28 days holidays


including eight bank and public holidays that would not infer the


right to be off because the Royal wedding constitutes a nine bank


holiday. -- ninth bank holiday. On that day in 2011 or 163 Debenhams


stores were open but the staff did not achieve extra pay. Conversely,


Tesco's stores said that people who worked the bank holiday would be


paid up to three times the normal rate. Following the royal wedding


holiday where some employers fail to give the day off, the TUC rate to


this government to add a provision to holiday entitlement to take


account of any special bank or public holidays, but sadly no such


provision was made. And with that in mind, one way to avoid this


situation arising every time that an extra public holiday is announced


would be to increase the number of bank holidays from eight up to nine


per year, with the extra bank holiday to be used to celebrate a


significant occasion that year, and that occasion to be determined by


Parliament. As I have stated when I rose to speak, I think it is right


that we should celebrate the Queen's record of an amazing 65 years of


long service, but what I'm asking for is more clarity to enable


employers and employees to reach a better understanding of the


practicalities of arranging an extra public holiday. Most importantly on


rates of remuneration for those emergency workers who give up their


time so that others may enjoy the day off and the celebrations. I will


end by asking the questions. Will this bill specify how this holiday


should be characterised and what rates are paid those who have to


work on the date should receive? How will the bill ensure that all


employers participate and give staff the day off without resorting to the


use of loopholes? And will the government now take heed of the TUC


recommendation that provision should now be made to workers was not


holiday entitlement to take account of additional public holidays? Thank


you. The question is that the honourable member have leave to


bring in the bill. I think the ayes have it. Who will prepare and bring


in the bill? Sir Julian Brazier, Mr Douglas Carswell, Tom Elliott,


Michael Gove, Kate Hoey, Norman Lamb, Angus Brendan McNeill, Albert


Owen, Gavin Robinson, Michael Tomlinson and myself, sir.


I beg leave to ask the question standing in my name on the order


paper. My Lords, according to the latest data from the office for


national statistics, income inequality in the UK is at its


lowest level since 1986. The key to economic success and to reducing


inequality is to improve activity which determines living standards in


the long run, that's why the Government has established a


national productivity investment fund and published a Green Paper on


industrial strategy highlighting


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