16/03/2017 Thursday in Parliament


16/03/2017

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Hello and welcome to Thursday In Parliament.

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Coming up:

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The Culture Secretary says she will refer

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21st Century Fox's Sky bid to the media regulator -

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a move welcomed by MPs.

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The concentration of ownership is the problem here.

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Nicola Sturgeon says a second independence referendum

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is all about letting people in Scotland choose their future.

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And an MP thinks it's time British Sign language was granted...

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Legal status like other recognised languages.

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Legal status like other recognised languages.

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Hear, hear!

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But first, the Culture Secretary has confirmed that the media watchdog

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Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority

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are to examine 21st Century Fox's proposed takeover of Sky.

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Karen Bradley told MPs she was referring

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the ?11.7 billion bid on the grounds of

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"media plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards".

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Fox is part of Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

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I am of the view that it remains important, given the issues raised,

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and wholly appropriate, for me to seek comprehensive advice

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from Ofcom on these public interest considerations,

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and from the CMA on jurisdiction issues.

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Ofcom and the CMA have until May 17 to investigate,

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and she said that the regulator Ofcom would also conduct

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a "fit and proper" test into corporate governance.

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On Monday this week, Ofcom announced it will conduct its fit

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and proper assessment, and at the same time it

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would consider any public interest test in response to my decision

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to intervene in the merger.

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This means Ofcom will conduct its assessment,

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and within 14 working days it has to report to me on the public

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interests I have specified in the intervention notice.

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I welcome Ofcom's announcement, which will provide clarity

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for the parties, but also provide reassurance to those

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who have expressed their own concerns about this issue.

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We welcome the fact that the secretary of

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state is intervening.

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She will have noticed that 21st Century Fox is happy, too.

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In a letter to her last week, they said, and I quote,

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that we welcome a thorough and thoughtful review.

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I have no doubt that this welcome is sincere,

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and that 21st Century Fox are thrilled by her decision.

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But can she confirm that, in her view, the broadcasting

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standards ground of her referral gives Ofcom the power to investigate

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any corporate Government issues affecting 21st Century Fox,

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including around the phone hacking scandal, any cover-up of illegality

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at News International, the rehiring of people responsible

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for governance failures, and ongoing sexual harassment claims

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in the United States?

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He made the point about broadcasting, commitment

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to broadcasting standards and whether that could look

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at corporate governance.

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I was clear in my original letter, and the statement I made

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to the House on the 6th of March, that corporate governance

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was one of the issues on which I was referring the matter

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to Ofcom, and therefore I would expect them to look at that.

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But, clearly, Ofcom is an independent regulator.

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I have made the decision to refer to Ofcom, but it is for Ofcom

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to decide what evidence they want to look at,

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and they are open to looking at whatever evidence that they feel

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is appropriate to enable them to make their decision.

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It's not the first time that there's been an attempt to take over Sky,

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and we should be mindful of why the previous bid courted such

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controversy and failed.

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Yet, at the same time, it should be acknowledged that

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television is adapting to changes in viewing habits and competition

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throughout the world, and some will argue that investment

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in Sky might allow the UK to thrive in the international arena,

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and to continue to compete with competitors such

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as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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This transaction represents an ?11.7 billion investment

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by an international company into a British broadcaster,

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and, as such, is a fantastic vote of confidence that the UK

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will remain at the international centre of broadcasting long after

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we leave the European Union.

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The concentration of ownership is the problem here,

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and Sky now have nearly four times as much money every year

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to spend as the BBC, so I hope that we will end up

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with a position where we maintain that diversity

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in the British ecology -

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a strong BBC, not being bullied by Murdoch and Sky.

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Chris Bryant.

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Nicola Sturgeon caught Westminster by surprise

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at the start of the week, announcing her intention to call

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a second independence referendum in Scotland.

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MSPs will vote next week on whether they'll support

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Ms Sturgeon's request for an order from Westminster, which would be

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needed for Holyrood to hold a legally binding ballot.

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Making her first appearance at FMQs since the announcement,

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Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted to give people in Scotland a choice

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over their own future, but the Conservative leader

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questioned Ms Sturgeon's priorities.

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The truth is, a referendum won't help pupils in Scotland,

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and it won't help patients come up waiting lists, and it won't help

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solve the GP crisis, and it won't cut violent crime.

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It will just take the Government away from the day job

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which is supposed to be its focus.

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Ruth Davidson talks about "The day job".

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Yesterday, we saw the biggest U-turn from the Tories in decades,

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blowing a ?2 billion hole in their budget,

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and, because of Brexit, every household in this

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country could be facing a bill of ?5,000.

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So I think Scotland deserves a choice, and that choice is this -

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take control of our own finances to build, grow and innovate our way

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to a better future, or allow the Tories to continue

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to make the same mistakes over and over again,

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and make the situation worse.

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The Scottish Conservatives reject the proposals set out

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by the First Minister on Monday.

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A referendum cannot happen when the people of Scotland have not

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been given the opportunity to see how our new relationship

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with the European Union is working, and it should not take place

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when there is no clear political or public consent for it to happen.

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Our country does not want to go back to the divisions and uncertainty

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of the last few years.

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Another referendum campaign will not solve the challenges

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that this country will face.

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We don't want it, we don't need it - why won't she listen?

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So, Ruth Davidson says she wants to put this Parliament first -

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well, let me issue this direct challenge to Ruth Davidson and to

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the Conservative Party.

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If on Wednesday next week this Parliament votes

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for an independence referendum to give the people of Scotland

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a choice over their own future, will the Conservatives respect

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the will of this Parliament, or are the Conservatives running scared?

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Well, Ruth Davidson had used up all her questions,

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so couldn't respond to that.

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The Labour leader took up the subject.

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Leaving the UK would be devastating for Scotland's economy.

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It would mean even more cuts to the schools and hospitals,

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and cuts to those most in need.

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The First Minister said this week she didn't want a fact-free debate,

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so let's start with one fact she can't deny -

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isn't it the case that, according to her own Government statistics,

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leaving the UK would mean ?15 billion worth of extra cuts?

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First Minister.

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Well, the band as well and truly back together, isn't it?

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Tory and Labour combining again to talk this country down.

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Here's the reality -

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Scotland has a deficit created on Westminster's watch,

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and we have to deal with that deficit whether we are

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independent or not.

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Isn't it much better to have the tools and the powers

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of independence to deal with that deficit, consistent with our own

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values and not Tory values?

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Nicola Sturgeon.

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Meanwhile, back at Westminster, Theresa May said

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"now is not the time" for a second vote.

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The Conservative Party has been fined a record ?70,000 for breaking

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the rules on election spending.

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It was found to have moved campaign teams from its national headquarters

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to help in three by-elections and key seats in the 2015

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general election.

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The Electoral Commission said there was a "realistic prospect"

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that the money had given them an advantage.

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The party insists its failure to report six-figure sums

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was an "administrative error".

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The SNP's Pete Wishart called for a statement.

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We need to hear in that statement that this Government are taking

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these allegations seriously, and not hitting out petulantly,

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like some members have this morning, at the Electoral Commission

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and treating them with contempt.

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Our electoral laws are critically important to protect our democracy,

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and the Conservative Party will now be investigated by the

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Metropolitan Police, just like I asked the police to do last year.

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?70,000 is absolute peanuts to the Conservative Party,

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so will the Leader of the House now say today that they will fully

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comply and take part in every single one of these police investigations?

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This could well be the Cash For Honours of this Parliament.

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The Government will, of course, consider carefully recommendations

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from the Electoral Commission for a change in regulatory powers.

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We are already considering a number of possible changes to electoral

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arrangements, for example, following the report of my

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right honourable friend the member for Brentwood

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on electoral corruption.

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Though, I do have to say to the honourable gentleman,

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that complaints from his party, of all parties,

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about the use of battle buses, are more than a little odd.

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It is not exactly a secret that at the 2015 general election

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the Scottish National party flew Nicola Sturgeon from constituency

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to constituency in support of their candidate, which suggests

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to me that some of his complaints, or the complaints of his party,

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in this respect, are both spurious and hypocritical.

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Order.

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No, no, the Leader of the House mustn't use that last word.

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He is a versatile fellow and he can use another word and I feel sure it

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will spew forth immediately.

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Happy to withdraw that, Mr Speaker.

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I think the party...

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I make no allegation against an honourable member.

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I think the party in question has not displayed

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consistency of approach when it comes to this matter.

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David Lidington, testing his descriptive skills.

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MPs have accused the large energy companies of "ripping off"

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and "robbing" customers by leaving them on the most expensive tariffs.

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In a debate in the Commons, there were calls from all sides

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for action against the "big six", as they are known,

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for the introduction of a "relative" price cap limiting price rises once

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fixed deals end, and for more to be done to encourage consumers

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to switch between energy providers.

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The debate was opened by a Conservative MP,

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who criticised the big firms for failing to reward loyalty.

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What other industry doesn't give their loyal

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customers any discounts or special deals, but charges them higher

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prices than anyone else instead?

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Which companies believe that loyalty should be exploited, not rewarded?

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Who treats their longest-serving customers as chumps, to be quietly

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and secretively switched on to expensive and unfair deals when they

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aren't looking, and then milked, ripped off mercilessly,

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for as long as possible?

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The big six energy firms, Madam Deputy Speaker, that's who.

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Switching, he said, had to be made easier,

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and action taken to reduce the price increases faced by consumers.

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Even under the most optimistic scenarios, an unacceptably

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large number of households will still be being ripped off

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for too many years yet.

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So we need a stopgap as well - a temporary solution while all those

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other changes to make switching easier and less scary

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start to work and to take effect.

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The answer is a relative price cap - a maximum mark-up between each

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energy firm's best deal and their default tariff.

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It would mean that once your existing deal comes to an end,

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if you forget to switch to a new one,

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then you won't be ripped off too badly.

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Customers can make savings of hundreds of pounds

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if they do switch.

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On the back of the recent price rises from energy companies,

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I switched for our house, Madam Deputy Speaker,

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and we saved ?249.

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You know, there are big savings to be made and I encourage

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customers to switch, switch, and switch again.

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The big six and Veolia behave in a way because there is a culture

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of arrogance and entitlement, and that is the problem,

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and we need to address that culture.

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Actually, more to the point, these companies need

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to address that culture.

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Greg Jackson, chief executive of Octopus Energy, which has

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about 80,000 customers, said, and I quote,

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energy customers are being robbed in broad daylight -

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robbed in broad daylight -

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and it's time for decisive action to end the misery for millions.

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So, will the Government look favourably on the honourable

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gentleman's point about a price cap?

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Because, Mr Deputy Speaker, I think it is very clear that,

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at a time of crippling price rises from companies seemingly indifferent

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to the plight of customers, there needs to be a fundamental

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change to ensure that the market works for all.

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It's a bankrupt business model, because, if we are all admitting -

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and even the energy companies have to face up to this -

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that they are being over the odds,

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they have a business model based on that.

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If, for example, all these customers miraculously were going to move

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to a lower tariff tomorrow, where would these companies be left?

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The inertia is compounded by a management approach that

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doesn't seem to want any form of effective change.

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Just because consumers, very often vulnerable consumers,

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are not able to negotiate the process of switching,

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this doesn't mean that they should be left at the mercy of a market

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which punishes them for that.

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Replying, the Minister referred to recent findings

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by the Competition and Markets Authority.

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It is a fact that the majority of customers, around 66%,

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are on standard variable tariffs, and they continue to pay

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considerably more than customers who are on fixed-term deals.

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The CMA highlighted that these customers are losing out

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by what it estimated - it's fair to say that the numbers

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have been disputed - but by an estimated ?1.4 billion

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over the last few years.

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We are acting to make switching easier and quicker.

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We are rolling out smart meters, we are continuing to help

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the vulnerable and low-income houses with their energy bills.

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We recognise that the CMA did important work in highlighting

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how much consumers are currently losing out.

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We recognise that recent price rises underline the fact that the majority

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of consumers are paying more it appears than they need to.

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We believe that current practice as it stands is not acceptable

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and we will set out proposals to address these issues shortly.

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You're watching Thursday in Parliament, with me,

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Alicia McCarthy.

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The Government's been urged to do more to cut rates of suicide.

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The Conservative chair of the Health Committee made

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the plea as she outlined the findings of her committee's

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report on the subject.

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Sarah Wollaston set out the figures.

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It remains the leading cause of death in young people

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between the ages of 15 and 24 and it is the leading cause

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of death in men under 50.

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But she said the key message her committee had heard

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was that suicide was preventable and there was more that

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could and should be done.

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We know, for example, that half of those who take their own lives

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have self harmed, and we feel that it's really disappointing

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that so many of those with experience of self harm,

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their experience when they go to casualty departments is sometimes

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that they are made to feel that they are wasting people's time.

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We know that liaison psychiatry makes an enormous difference

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but there are resourcing issues around liaison psychiatry.

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We know that those who have been inpatients in mental health settings

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should receive a visit within three days of leaving inpatient services

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but there simply aren't the resources there for that to be

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put in place and we call on the government to go further

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in looking at the work force and resourcing for

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this to take place.

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The minister accepted there was more to be done.

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The refreshed strategy does now include better targeting of high

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risk groups and for the first time addresses self harm as an issue

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in its own right, which is one of the most significant issues

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of suicide risk.

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We have also published guidance to local authorities in January

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on developing and improving suicide bereavement services

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as an important plank of the plan.

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Furthermore we announced we would publish a green paper this

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year on children and young people's mental health and announcde

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that we would develop a national internet strategy which will explore

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the impact of internet and social media on suicide

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prevention and mental health.

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Nicola Blackwood.

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Parliament should in future set the terms of reference for major

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inquiries such as the controversial Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war,

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according to an influential Commons committee.

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The investigation by Sir John Chilcot took seven years

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to complete and its final report ran to 2.5 million words,

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spanning 12 volumes.

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The chairman of the Public Administration Constitutional

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Affairs Committee set out how things could be done differently

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in the future.

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PACAC recommends that in future, before an inquiry

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is established, parliament

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should set up an ad hoc select committee to take evidence

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on the proposed remit of the inquiry and to present formal

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conclusions and recommendations to the house.

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There should then be a full debate and vote in parliament

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on an amendable motion setting out the precise terms of reference,

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and an estimated timeframe and a proposed budget

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for that inquiry.

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This should ensure that in future expectations are much clearer

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at the outset of an inquiry.

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I welcome the various recommendations in today's report,

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especially strengthening the independence of the Cabinet

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Secretary and the role of the Commons, but frankly

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I would say to the House those recommendations are timid.

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Does the Chair, and perhaps the select committee,

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agree with me that it will require a root and branch transformative

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change of the whole of our political structures and culture before we can

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honestly say again to the British people that there will

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never be such a failure?

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Chilcott was set-up to identify mistakes, mistakes that led

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to the loss of life, military and civilian.

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With that in mind, seven years to come to conclusion is unacceptable.

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Those mistakes could potentially have been repeated

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during that time scale.

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The overriding lesson that most people will think we can learn

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from Chilcott is that these reports take too long and cost too much.

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David Nuttall.

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What's to be done to stop youngsters from black and minority ethnic

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backgrounds ending up in young offenders' institutions?

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The Government has published new sentencing guidelines

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for young offenders,

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which came under scrutiny in the Lords.

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On the MoJ's own evidence the system currently disadvantages

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ethnic minority boys in particular, who are more likely to be arrested,

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then to be charged, then to be sent to Crown Court for sentence,

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then to receive custodial sentences.

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How does the MoJ proposed to address this inequality and in particular

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what help with this can they offer young offending teams?

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My Lords, the noble Lord is right that judges,

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particularly when children or young people are evolved consider

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the individual circumstances of each case to prevent reoffending and stop

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young people from falling into a life of crime,

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and this does very much include being aware of the factors

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contributing to the overrepresentation of black

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and minority ethnic children and young people in the youth

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justice system, and the new guideline aims to ensure

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a consistent approach to sentencing and also look in far

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greater detail at the age, background and circumstances

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of the individual child, or in order to reach the most

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appropriate sentence that will best achieve the principal aim

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of the youth justice system of preventing reoffending.

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Keeping young people in custody is financially very costly, and very

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costly to them on an individual basis, and wouldn't it be better

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if we could devise greater ways of diverting young people

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from custodial sentences and to prevent this downward spiral

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into long-term criminality?

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It is quite clear that to us we have to tackle underlying factors

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which lead to children and young people committing offences,

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thereby blighting their life chances, and indeed,

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since the peak in youth offending in 2006/7,

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there has been an incredible, I think, my Lords, 71% fall

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in young people sentenced, from around 94,600 to just

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under 28,0000 in 2015/16.

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Custodial, a 70% fall.

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My Lords, I think this is amazing progress.

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It is impossible for us to review the kind of institutions

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that we have and probably return to the good old days

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of what was called reformatory system, the approved school system,

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where people were got hold of and transformed and educated

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and brought back into society so that they did not

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become recidivists.

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I'm pleased to say that for example in 2015 only around 6% of children

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and young people were sentenced to immediate custody.

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It's changed, my Lords, is changing, we're making progress,

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we want to make it better because we appreciate,

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through vast experience, we haven't done enough to date

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for our young children and young people.

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Back to the Commons where a piece of history was all over

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in less than half a minute.

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The Speaker announced the Queen has granted royal assent to the Bill

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that gives Theresa May the legal power to trigger the UK's exit

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from the European Union.

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I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent

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Act 1967, that Her Majesty has signified her Royal Assent

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to the following acts, Supply And Appropriation

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Anticipation And Adjustments Act 2017, European Union Notification

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Of Withdrawal Act 2017.

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The Commons Speaker, John Bercow.

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Finally, a Labour MP used her chance at questions to the Leader

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of the Commons to make an appeal for the hearing impaired.

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I would like to sign my question.

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Will the Minister agree...

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Sorry...

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The 18th of March marks the 14th anniversary since the UK Government

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recognised British Sign Language?

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Will the Minister agree time to bring and give British Sign

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Language legal status like other recognised languages?

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The leader of the house, Mr David Lidington!

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Speaker, the Honourable lady has very eloquently reminded us

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of the importance of British sign

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Language to a number of our fellow citizens who live with deafness

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or severe hearing impairment.

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The Department for Work and Pensions has underway a review

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of the provision of signing services in this country,

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they have had several hundred submissions during the course

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of that review and the Secretary of State will be bringing forward

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conclusions in due course.

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I can also say to the House that the Department for Education

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does now plan to accept British Sign Language

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as an alternative qualification to functional skills in English

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within apprenticeships and I hope that that will be one step forward

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towards giving opportunities to more people who live

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with deafness to play a full part in the labour market.

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David Lidington, bringing us to the end of this

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edition of the programme,

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but do join me on Friday night at 11.00 for our round-up

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of The Week In Parliament, as we look back at Brexit,

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calls for a second Scottish referendum,

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and the Government's National Insurance U-turn.

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But, for now, from me, Alicia McCarthy, goodbye.

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