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Highlights of proceedings in Parliament on Thursday 11 January, presented by Mandy Baker.


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Hello and welcome to the programme.

Coming up, the Prime Minister was by

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25 year plan for the environment has

got a less than enthusiastic

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response.

No legislative change

could actually make a difference.

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The government has suggested...

We

are the fifth biggest economy in the

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world.

And the reshuffle fails to

impress the SNP.

Never before has a

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Cabinet reshuffle, what an

outstanding feat, even for this

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chaotic government.

This month, 85%

of patients were seen in four hours,

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well below the 95% target, those are

the worst figure since the target

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was introduced in 2004. The Labour

Shadow Leader of the Common said the

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crisis was preventable.

The evidence

is clear on the NHS, cancelled

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operations and people waiting on

trolleys, my friend was discharged

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from New Cross Hospital and by the

2nd of January he had had a huge

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heart attack. They'd is the

Secretary of State has to take

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responsibility and be accountable.

Why, if there are no concerns on the

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part of the Gutman, have the Care

Quality Commission decided to

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suspend routine inspections because

of winter crisis. NHS providers

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can't deliver a safe and decent

standard of patient care.

I'm on I

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am sure that she will have read

carefully yesterday afternoon the

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words of the art Prime Minister, she

made clear that she had apologised

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for everybody that had an Operation

Shelter cancelled, and she has made

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it clear that the NHS has never been

better prepared for winter than ever

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before and part of our appropriate

prior planning for winter has been

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the patients don't turn up on the

day and get them operation

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cancelled.

The Minister will have

seen that just one week before

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Christmas and New Year year, bed

occupancy rose to 91% and 39

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ambulances were diverted from ana

because there were two busy to cope,

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31 beds were closed because of

diarrhoea or vomiting and escalation

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beds had to be open because

hospitals were full. The warnings

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today will tell the same set sorry

story. Does the extra funding mean

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it is far too late for the winter so

far and the government has had to

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announce the bombshell of 550,000

cancellations of operations. The

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government needs to come up with

urgent funding to help the NHS cope

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with the worst winter crisis in two

decades.

I would hope the noble lady

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would welcome the money set aside in

the budget and it is important to

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say that in addition to the 370

million, half of which has gone into

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plans, there is a further 100

million that has gone into taking

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further pressure of emergency

services, so I don't accept the

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accusation that that money came too

late and indeed there is still money

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in the pot as services come in under

pressure. In the budget, there was

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also an outs another £2.8 billion to

help the NHS get through the next

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few years and we know that the

pressure is because of the ageing

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population and the money is to help

the NHS get back on target. The

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Prime Minister has pledged to

eliminate all plastic waste by 2042.

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It's part of the government's

strategy on the environment. The

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amount of plastic in the oceans has

caused an outcry and the suggestion

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is to introduce plastic free aisles

in supermarkets. The issue seems to

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be the talking point in the

Parliament. Labour complained it is

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a long time coming.

The government

has finally got around to announcing

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its 25 year plan and catching up

with the Welsh government, just six

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years later. But this plan lacks

substance, is full of missed

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opportunities, week proposals and no

laws. It's not radical and is a

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cheap attempt by this Prime Minister

at rebranding the Tories. Will the

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government commit to making a

statement on this plan in this House

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to allow proper scrutiny?

I'm

disappointed in what she has said. I

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hope that crossed the House we can

unite and do what is right for

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future generations and I would

caution her to wait for more

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information and this will be

discussed at length across the House

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and she will learn more today and a

home more in the future. The chair

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of the environment committee said he

had much enthusiasm for the plans.

I

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want to see now practical

application on how we are going to

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meet these goals because if you want

to change and environment, if you

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want to change a financial

regulation in banking, you change

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the regulation and that fixes the

problem. But if you say I want to

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plant millions of trees, you

physically have two plat these

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trees, you have to find land and you

have to find the policies to do it.

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I'm not saying you can't do it, but

it's highly deliberate in the

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future.

And the former chair of the

Green party said that she had been

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hoping for these measures but she

was disappointed. Yellow maggot

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there is absolutely nothing on

climate change, no suggestions on

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ledges to change that could make a

difference and for example I don't

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understand how the Prime Minister

can claim we as a country are

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leaving on climate change when she

is just about to give a green light

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to more fracking, we are banning

onshore wind developments, we are

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still tried to build nuclear power

stations and we are giving tax

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breaks to oil and gas. None of these

things is going to help us have a

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cleaner, greener, safer planet. You

are watching Thursday in Parliament.

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Now, a number of Conservative MPs

have called on the government to

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boost defence spending. Several

spoke in support of a motion

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demanding military expenditure be

maintained at its least current

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levels.

It is vital that our defence

budget is ensures that our Armed

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Forces are equipped for the

challenges we face in the future and

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it is clear that our Armed Forces

forces, and this is one of the

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themes, our Armed Forces, need

resources that are over and above

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what is currently planned for.

Particularly it in light of the

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increasing threats we face as a

country.

I think we face incredibly

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dangerous times, this nation is at

right, there are very real threats

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to our people's security and or we

don't address it strategically and

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address it in a way that brings in

more money for defence, if we don't

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increase more defence spending to

3%, we are not doing our duty, we

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are not doing what are people

sentenced here to do.

It's not

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enough to set a 3% target on the

defence, we must also recognise that

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our tried and tested machine for

making military strategy has been

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largely dismantled, this achieves of

staff must be more than budget

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managers stuck on the sidelines

whilst politicians and officials

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call the shots and as often as not

call the shots incorrectly.

Other

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MPs called on how working in the

Armed Forces affects personnel.

It

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used to mean heading off on a Friday

afternoon on and not returning a

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week on Monday, said they had a full

week and two weekends away. Now, the

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five dailies starts on Monday

morning with sub Mariner is expected

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to be back on post on Friday night.

How is this sustainable how and how

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can relationships survive that?

Labour said more had to be done to

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tackle Armed Forces recruitment.

We

welcome the Army's recent report

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despite the recent history by the

press. If we can remove perceptions

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that deter potential applicants,

that is to be welcomed. But we must

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look very seriously at the contract

with capita which is not fit for

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purpose.

We have the biggest force

in Europe and I believe that it will

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still be the Coalition of the

willing that will step forward to

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beat the challenges of today. In

West Africa it was us that step

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forward with other nations that were

never not necessarily members of

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Nato. Where we have the capability

and desire to step forward. A report

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commissioned by the Mayor of London

has painted a disturbing picture of

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what could happen if there is no

deal in the Brexit negotiations. The

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study by Siddique Khan suggests that

did billion pounds of investment

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could be lost without an agreement.

The Labour MP was concerned.

Surely

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you will agree that no transpacific

trade degree deal, and the Mayor of

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London's report shows what a

cataclysmic effect it would have

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leaving Europe and on our jobs.

Mr

Speaker, as usual I don't except the

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premise of any part of the

honourable gentleman's questions. I

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don't believe we will lose our share

of the market. We will maintain an

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open agreement with the European

Union and they will want that

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because we are the fifth biggest

economy in the world and a major

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trading partner were with them. The

worst is assessment was less than

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half than the assessment given to us

before the referendum if there was

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no deal whatsoever. The subject of

chlorinated chicken also came up.

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Wilful regulatory alignment with the

EU extent to farming standards in

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the U EU and chlorinated chicken

will not be entering the UK?

Mr

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Speaker, we made very clear on

numerous occasions that we do not

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intend to lower standards in food

stayed in safety, environment say is

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that standards or workers' rights.

The impact on Brexit on food and

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animal welfare standards were also

raised in the Lords.

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As it is held in high repute thanks

to our standards, the withdrawal

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bill will transfer onto the UK

statue book. All standards are

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current high standards including

imports requirements will require

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when we leave the EU.

Is he is aware

that Liam Fox has agreed it with the

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officials at the trade talks will be

held in secret and that the US

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commerce Secretary or has of it

scrapping the hygiene rules will be

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a critical component of any trade?

NAC also aware that Liam Fox's

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previous record as saying is nothing

wrong with chlorine dip to poultry,

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despite its use to disguise his

bacterial contamination such as

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Salmonella and E coli which arise

from their inadequate hygiene

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standards? Clearly the government is

for a trade deal, so how can we be

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sure that the interest of British

consumers and farmers won't be

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sacrificed in pursuit of that bigger

prize? Or ultimately as the

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government action prepared to walk

away if, Mize is demanded in his

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negotiations?

Of course we want to

have a vibrant trade arrangement

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with United States of America, I

hope all of your Lord ships hope to

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have vibrant trade elation ships

around the world. They're been very

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clear where not went to water down

or come Mize on the standards I have

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set out. They will be transferred

into our own domestic law. The very

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points that were raised will be on

the statute book.

The food standard

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agency will have a key role to play

in ensuring high standards. It will

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have resource applications, staff

and locations in a whole raft of

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implementations. It is the

governments proposed timetable to

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prove these?

Is a important that we

ensure the sources that we are

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dealing with are well put in place.

So that we aren't in a mission to

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have the continuing confidence that

we should have.

Will he have a word

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with his college and the other

departments to keep saying Brexit

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will lead to cheap food? Is

inconsistent to talk about cheap

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food because the only way that can

arise is if our own poultry

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industry, pig industry and beef

industry is decimated by cheaper

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imports aced upon lower standards?

My Lords, I'm absolutely clear that

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we will not be watering down any of

our standards, they're already going

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to be on the statute stop went home

and has the EU withdrawal bill they

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will be UK statute.

What assurance

can a minister give us that on day

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two, after leaving the European

Union there were not the proposals

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to water down those roles? Are going

to be told that the 17.4 million

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people wanted to change the rules in

order to get a deal with the United

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States?

I think all have been in

clear in saying is that we are not

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watering down, there will be

requirements under the UK statute

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book and it will be clearly for

parliament decided me future and

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what it wants to do. I've been

absolute clear about the direction

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of travel. A conservative MP has

urged ministers to try to help

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Hammond, who in sentence to death by

Hootie rebels earlier this month. He

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has been in detention in the Yemeni

capital since 2013. They're

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controlled by who The U's are locked

in several raw with the government.

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He was being persecuted for his

religious beliefs and had been

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treated appallingly.

The thread to

execute it constitutes a grave risk

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to the life of an innocent man, a

father of three. He was arrested in

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December 2013, has been subjected to

torture, beating the modification,

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and forced to sign confessions under

duress. 40 court hearing seven held

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on his case or than cancelled,

raising very serious questions about

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any due process.

Although he is not

a British national nor an employee

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of any organisation related to the

government does not in any way

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diminish our indignation about is

happening in our wish to try and

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defend his interests and see him

released. We are to that end of

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course, also in close contact with

the community in London regarding

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this case and indeed the water

situation in Yemen.

Disagree with me

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that the rise of religious this with

the rebels is an extremely warning

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sign. Other has in many tribal

issues in Yemen this rise on

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religious grounds actually a new

thing for Yemeni history.

I totally

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agree with my honourable friend, he

and his committee will be

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investigating this very deeply. I

think is right. One of the really

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distressing elements of what is

unfolded in Yemen over the past five

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years is that what was tribal

conflict has converted into more

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sectarian conflict, and it contains

the danger of escalating further

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into a deeper issue. This is exactly

the kind of rising tension and

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complex structure which we want to

de-escalate civic myth of a pointer

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that can be proper political

discussions, realistic ones in that

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complex tribal country to bring

stability and crucially to overcome

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the massive famine and disease and a

rising infant mortality which is

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probably in the worst aspect in a

deeply hidden aspect of what is

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going on in Yemen at the moment. One

of the cabinet members his job never

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seem to be in peril as the Home

Secretary, in fact she gained a new

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role as Minister for any qualities,

one of the first issues to confront

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her in her additional capacity was

the row about equal pay at the BBC.

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Here the 21st century women as a

internal equality, commitments or

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tell us what steps the government is

taking to make sure there is not a

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pay gap in the civil service, in

light of the fact that Kerry Grace

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has designed recently as editor of

the BBC siding pages there. Thank

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you for raising and imported

element, it is essential that we all

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ensure that the equal pay act is

enforced and as much as I admire the

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BBC and Internet listening and

looking at their programmes, they

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clearly have a very serious question

to answer here, which I certainly

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hope they will address as terms of

gender pay gap we are committed to

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ensuring we do address that as well.

We have new disclosure arrangements.

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I doubt erupt as patient was also

raised.

The BBC claim that many of

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its staff are from certain

backgrounds but others have

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mentioned that the figure falls to

1.5%. Is the minister concerned

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there is a major problem with be AME

visitation and what discussions has

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she had with the BBC about getting

about as?

I had not seen those

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particular figures commoditize

attention to that the overall

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numbers suggesting there are

equality hides the fact that in

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specialist areas off to the higher

paid areas, there is nowhere near

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equality. I'll take very system

which is raised and I think there

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are additional questions for the BBC

to answer any particular element

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that she has raised.

The previous

woman inequalities woman rose to ask

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your question from the back benches.

I like to congratulate the alms

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victory on her expanded role. I know

she was fantastic job. She does in

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people, parents and teachers know it

is vital in a modern Internet world

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to see sex and relationship

education updated. Can she confirm

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that the government will push had

with updating the guidance that is

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now so out of date, and also meet

with me and the honourable member so

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we can make sure to have a

crossmember party support for the

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record being undertaken?

To start by

thinking the way Anna Brill 84 the

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enormous good work that she did in

this role. I will try my best to

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keep the momentum up that she

provided. But of the fantastic

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things she has done was lead on

making sure the sex and relationship

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education is going to be provided in

all schools. I will be delighted to

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work with care to ensure that is the

case Amen also cost that has to

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ensure that the outcome we get is

one that the whole house can support

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as I know of one believes this is an

important part.

Another minister who

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made it to the reshuffle unscathed

was a beater of the commons, Andrea

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Ledson. Sugar is a business

questions each Thursday to a rundown

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of Commons business.

I'm sure as the

eagle eyed members of the house will

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notice... My right arm about a

friend is attending for a member of

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the Privy Council. I am standing in

her place. I will do my best.

Can't

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be any worse, a rather uncharitable

voice... She wanted to talk about

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the reshuffle.

New titles, all the

responsibilities are already in

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their portfolios. Can the Minister

please ensure that the change of

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titles there is no further cost to

the public purse? It seems that men

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can say no and the PM goes all right

but when a woman says no she is

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sacked. So to paraphrase the Prime

Minister... There really are, boys

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jobs and girls jobs.

It is left

between a hard place. Never before

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has a cabinet minister... An

outstanding feat even for this

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chaotic ferment. A referred to

speculation before the reshuffle

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that there was to be a minister for

a no deal in the box and

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negotiations.

The best way as a nod

to get a good deal at a good deal

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out of the EU is them that we are

prepared for no deal. When we have

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this debate about European

withdrawal bill next week, will we

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have the Minister for hard Brexit in

the chamber? Azur promised during

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May shuffles we can question him or

her, and if not I'm away not? I'm

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sure will have a range...

Show be a

lively debate next week. Making a

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full contribution to it. We'll be

reporting that in full, rest

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assured. Do join me at the same time

tomorrow forever and up of the whole

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week in Parliament. But now,

goodbye.

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