01/02/2018 Thursday in Parliament


01/02/2018

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Hello there and welcome to assist in

Parliament. On this programme, the

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Government comes under fire over its

use of pipe public firms -- my

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private firms for public services.

This government is blinded by the

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greed of these outsourcing

companies.

But government says that

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they have the expertise to deliver

these services.

That means there are

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savings for the taxpayers.

And

please call for the end of car

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parking charges in hospitals.

Many

parents cannot even afford to go see

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their premature babies because of

the cost, type charges.

Charity not

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provide emergency dental care is,

more than half of dentist plan to

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leave the NHS in five years.

But

first, the Government has been

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accused of indifference, complacency

with its use of outsourcing for

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public service. The accusation came

after an MP as an urgent question

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about the firm that which has issued

a profit warning. The company

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operates the traffic charge.

Administers that teachers pension

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scheme. It also collects the licence

fee on behalf of the BBC. The shares

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have plunged almost 50% following

the profits warning announcement.

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The news comes hot on the heels of

the collapse of the outsourcing

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rival Carillion. Answering an urgent

question, the Minister said he

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understood MP 's concerns but said

that capita was in a very different

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position.

As has been widely

reported, the company has

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significant cash reserves it is not

a comparable position as Carillion.

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The issue that led to Carillion,

will come out in due course. The

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float and difficulties... By

contrast that his primary services

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business and most of the revenues

comes from inside the UK. We

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regularly monitor the financial

stability of all our financial

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supplies including them, as I said

we do not believe that any of them

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are many comparable position as

Carillion.

I conclude that the

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Government's thinking on that is

complacent. To say that the

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situations are different, but let us

look Mr speakers that the

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circumstances of both companies.

Pensions deficit is in the hundreds

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of millions. Both companies pay big

dividends of more than £1 billion in

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the last five years. But both

companies were on the public purse

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or have the contract. They were

audited. Both companies grew through

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acquisition and offer organic

growth. Mr Speaker, it seems that

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there are more similarities than

differences between the two

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companies. Can the Minister honestly

say that I cannot come in to the

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same fate as Carillion a couple

weeks ago? That people have nothing

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to fear. Can he honestly say that

people with pensions can rely on the

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full pensions upon retirement.

She

talked about issue of capita will

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not be issuing dividends. So money

will be able to go back into the

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pension scheme, 200 million extra

pounds to be spent in relation to...

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The chief executive has understood

the situation it is quite a

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different situation is that

pertained to Carillion.

Will my

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right honourable friend look at the

altar contempt in the House today

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for the private sector. Will he take

on on time to actually publish in

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due course, a list of all those

contracts, with up public sector

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between 1997 2010.

We have engaged

with the private sector. Your last

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successful prime Minister, Brown,

the last person to hold the office,

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sorry Mr Speaker. May I correct the

record on that. The last person to

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hold the office. It simply would not

have been possible to build or

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refurbish such a number of schools

and hospitals without using the pier

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by model.

Only two years ago -- two

weeks ago I warned that this was set

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to become a set of dominoes that

would fall one after another. The

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Government's behaviour, and the

minister's response today.

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Indifference to corporate

mismanagement, complacency in face

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of a crisis. This government is

blinded to corporate greed of these

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outsourcing companies, and would he

agreed, to be clear than Minister

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himself said that the Government

should be guided by evidence on

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outsourcing, not dogma.

The last two

weeks we are discussing private firm

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responsible for delivering vital

services, served with a public --

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profit warning. Will the Government

knowledge that... With the

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governments start rolling back on

private agenda. Can we look forward

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to it proper plan taking public

service back, will he not

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acknowledged that public sector

employees should deliver public

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services.

Of course we acknowledge a

proper role for the public sector.

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That is why for example that the

Government has committed £8 billion

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for the NHS. To the core of our

argument, the reason why successive

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governments of all political

persuasions have chosen to engage

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with the private sector for the

delivery of services is because

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those companies have a speciality in

it. They have is speciality to

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deliver in as a result of that

speciality they can deliver them

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more efficiently. That means there

are savings for the taxpayers.

The

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Prime minister's fight with Brussels

over the rights of EU citizens could

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have chilling effects some. Theresa

May said she would try to block EU's

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demands. For citizens who moved

during the transition period. Some

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APs may wonder what impact there

could be on EU talks.

The Prime

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Minister said...

Nothing was agreed

Thomas what I would point out to him

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in a joint report, which we have

concluded an agreed-upon or

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December. European Union last night

the EU agreed that permanent

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residents right, will be March 20

19.

The primary is the's reported

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comments with limited access to

arriving during the transition area

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and may in fact creating chilling

effects of drawing on the skills of

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those people coming to UK and

meeting the labour market gaps that

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we need to in many sectors.

The

clear to the right honourable lady,

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we will use this. To start a new art

ship, for our future integration

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system. This is as high the citizen

's right agreement reached in

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September it does give certainty,

the disagreement does not those who

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come after we leave.

Juried

information -- to implement this

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period, all foreigners will be

treated equally in having access to

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our country.

With all respect to my

right honourable friend, who will

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remain a country that recognises the

contribution of those with skills to

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make a contribution to counter but

will also controlled the number of

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migrants coming, with training

partners, we will have control of

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our borders, at this week the

Government agreed to to leak

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documents say that the economy would

be hit by Brexit.

I also know that

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the first thing you did was jump on

a plane to China. Can the Minister

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confirm that the Government's

analysis also shows other obsession

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with cutting EU migration will be a

serious breach in the economy?

We

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are in the middle of negotiations

but because the migration it is

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clear that UK will be committed

designing its own immigration

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policies, which is determined by

skills, talent and brains that's

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what will drive our economy forward,

this will create jobs and growth.

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The EU said the transition period

should last 21 months, the

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Government says two years.

Could it

be sure to?

If I simply accept the

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proposal of the EU, yes.

David

Davis. It's been dubbed unjust, a

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sickness fax. MP 's call for the end

of car parking charges. It's

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estimated the cost visitors, staff,

£70 million a year.

£53, people pay

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on average £1... For one Arrow

state. No one chooses to be ill,

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people don't choose to go the

hospital but though because they

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have to. I urge the Minister hear

today to take urgent action to end

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this social injustice once and for

all.

Figures from charities for

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families dealing with premature

babies.

Some parents have to pay up

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to £250 if their baby stays in the

unit and some they say, many parents

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cannot even afford to go see the

premature baby. Because of the cost

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of hospital car parking charges.

He

had widespread support from other MP

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's.

I walked in and got my ticket,

checked on my screen and it was

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about 68 minutes wait to see my

breath test. The time it takes me to

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get up blood test is a matter of

minutes but time just like the time

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waiting 68 minutes, and this is not

to bemoan the cost to my personal

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pocket, I know that I can't afford

this but there are many in my who

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cannot.

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I want to seek government and

hospital managers set up and take

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notice of this issue. Do not brush

it off as a nonissue, it is not, try

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and see it through the eyes of

others, and tackled the issue that

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is facing the everyday users of our

hospitals. It is something that

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can't be it will make it easier for

the lives of those who need the

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services and for that reason we

should all care about it.

She's to

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work for the NHS and described the

charges as a tax on staff patients

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and carers as she described how

staff had found a way around the

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system.

One colleague of mine,

decided he was going to buy own

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personal tool, and attach it to his

car, when you're parked in the

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morning, which served to purposes,

because it wasn't the best area, it

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mobilizes the card keeps it secure,

and give the impression that he had

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been penalised for not parking it

and paying. Within a few weeks pay

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itself.

While replying, the Minister

said it was a complicated situation

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with different problems at different

hospitals, but he promised no

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immediate action. You are watching

there in Parliament with me, Olivia

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McCarthy. -- Alyssa McCarthy. Now on

Wednesday, MPs voted to leave the

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Palace of Westminster when it

proposed multi-billion pound

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refurbishment takes place. Recent

reports have concluded that the

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building is an fire risk, and has a

gel wiring, poor plumbing and leaky

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roofs. The stomach is grumbling, and

parts of the palace which largely

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were rebuilt in the 19th century has

asbestos. On Wednesday, they voted

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for an amendment from the paper and

the make, backing that option rather

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than emotion before by the common

leader putting things off a bit

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longer. By at business questions,

she said she was delighted.

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Yesterday evening, they took a

historic decision to choose action

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to restore and rebuild the Palace of

what's -- Westminster, and I would

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like to congratulate all members and

right honourable members across the

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House for their attention to this

debate and for the contribution to

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it. And I now, as Leader of the

House will be taking forward the

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decision of this House following a

debate to take place in the Other

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Place as soon as one can be

arranged.

I also want to make my

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thanks to those who signed the up

amendment, it was well tempered and

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we have made a decision.

BS SMP, did

not coin the congratulations, he

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suggested that the Palace of

Westminster should be turned over to

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be a torrid attraction. Now he

talked about this crumbling house,

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and provoked this response from the

common leader.

This House is not

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crumbling. This infrastructure

within it is the problem. The House

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as he will see, is beautiful and is

not crumbling.

It is vital that the

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decant is the shortest possible

which we agree on, and personally

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think is worth more trips than I do

what they traditionally do which is

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the stay as long as possible, it is

my right honourable friend's

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opinion, that the body should have

MPs and peers only voting so we can

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have a grip on this?

I would like to

pay tribute to my right honourable

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friend, because he has been a

passionate advocate for the

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restoration and renewal of this

place, and I am sorry, because he

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will no doubt be disappointed by the

decision from yesterday, because

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whilst it does confirm action, it is

not action along the lines that he

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would wish to speak, and I'm

sympathetic to his personal view

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that in staying in this place we

could do the job more efficiently

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and effectively, I am sympathetic.

In direct response to the question

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about how to sponsor body will be

set up, it will have a majority of

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parliamentarians, and their role

will be to reflect the views of the

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range of views across both houses,

on precisely what the delivery

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Authority should be tasked with

delivering.

Not that they have made

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this decision about restoration and

renewal, can I urge the Leader of

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the House to get together her

colleagues in the Department of

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Business and working pensions to put

together a Parliamentary skills

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strategy because we're going to need

thousands of people working on this

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building who will to understand and

high-tech engineering skills and

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craft trade skills, which are not

presently available in the country,

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this is an opportunity for everyone

to have apprenticeships working here

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on the building.

Yes first I would

like to congratulate the honourable

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gentleman for his tenacity and also

I would like to congratulate his

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honourable friend the chairman of

the Public Accounts Committee for

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succeeding in her amendment

yesterday. I am delighted that the

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House voted to take action, there

are huge opportunities like you

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rightly pointed out, already being

fulfilled in some cases for example,

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as he will know, there appears to

the cast iron roofs being carried

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out in the UK, there will be lots of

opportunities for new

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apprenticeship, and I can assure him

that as leader of the comments I

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will take every opportunity to

create jobs for young UK people.

A

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senior conservative has criticised

the sale of the British Embassy in

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Thailand. The Foreign Office told

the nine acre site on the outskirts

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of Bangkok, for £420 million. The

money will be used to modernise

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other embassies around the world.

The chair of the Foreign Affairs

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Committee made his comments while

answering questions on his

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committee's latest report.

There's

no question in leaving the EU that

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we should double our efforts with

apartments, but surely this cannot

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come at the expense of manpower or

money, being siphoned away from

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other parts of the world. Does the

select committee chair share my

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concerns that the foreign offices do

not have enough resources to put the

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investment we're going to need into

Europe?

I share absolutely my

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honourable friend's concert and he

will be aware that a recent sale of

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an embassy in Thailand which

admittedly raised a lot of money to

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address some of the holes in the

spending of the Foreign Office will

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inherently have diminished in some

way, our presence because the

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symbolic coatings and iconic places,

there is essential to getting people

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through the door, and of course what

is the purpose of a diplomatic

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mission but to get people to talk to

us, and although these palaces may

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look glorious and indeed, none more

so than our Paris embassy, the work

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that the ambassadors, is putting in

to the building, not into the walls,

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but as a living embodiment, is

essential to making sure that our

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network is increased and our reach

is augmented and indeed that the

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economy is promoted and that is only

possible when the resource it

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correctly.

While replying he said

that he withdraw the Department

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attention to what had been set and

the Foreign Office would give its

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formal response the whole report in

due course. Now the Government has

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rejected claims that dental care is

in crisis, and the Lords, it was

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claimed that more than half of all

event is planned to leave the NHS in

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the next five years, and that many

poor children do not go to have

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their teeth checked. There were also

calls for fluoride to be added to

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top water to help combat tooth

decay. It appears out the scale of

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the problem.

Dental care in England

is in crisis. Charities now provide

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dental care in emergency, many

children have tooth decay, more than

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half of them want to leave, and

government spending on NHS dentistry

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has fallen by 170 million cents

2010. Many patients pay more and

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more.

The Health Minister said the

Government is increasing access to

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dentistry and reforming the current

that the contract.

I do not

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recognise the picture that the noble

lady has painted, it is quite right

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that there are 25% of a

five-year-old without decay, and I

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is not good enough, but that figure

is increasing over the last ten

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years, and going up. I should also

point out there are more dentist

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practising in the NHS than ever.

By

Lord dental care could be improved

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with fluoride in the water supply.

This has been agreed by my noble

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friend and his department but not

all water authorities are prepared

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to take this step. In the last

decay, the average earnings of gone

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down by 30. This is of great concern

to dentist, do not receive any

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government funding and how to cover

all costs and equipment staffing and

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training unlike medical general

practitioners. I declare my lord, my

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interest as vice president of the

British fluoridation Society, is

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heard.

We have talked about that

recently, my honourable friend knows

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that the position is up for local

areas to come forward with

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proposals, on this particular issue

about that is, of course those that

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does are doing a great job in the

NHS, we have more than ever. And I

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would like to point out that the 1%

cap that has apply, and we know why

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that is applied because of the

fiscal that has had to take place,

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that no book longer applies were

waiting for them to root report so

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we can arrange future payments for

them.

Is the Minister aware that

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41.5% of children have not visited

the dentist for the year up to

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September to thousand 17 and that

many of these children are in the

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poorest communities in the country

and many of which are now dependent

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on charity for dental care? What

action we take to ensure that all

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children have proper access to NHS

dentistry wherever they live

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throughout the country within a yes

the noble lady is right, over 59% of

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children had seen

I have to say that

is improving picture, to do that

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issues, the programme but they're

starting is targeting 30 local

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authorities with the worst oral

outcome for children, and the range

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is quite dramatic from one area to

the next, and they have also

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developed a corps off for to have

been eventful -- dental health for

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children.

While staying in the

Lords, here's heard that more people

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sleeping rough in England than

anytime since 2010, and government

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figures show that nearly 5000 people

were seen or estimated to be on the

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street in a single night autumn last

year. They wanted to know who was to

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blame?

We were told that the

Government set a target for top of

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having a number of rough sleepers by

2020 do, bring it back down to the

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number inherited from the previous

labour government. In 2010, so whose

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fault is a doubling in the number of

rough sleepers actually? Is it a

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conflict of government policy and

housing benefit and other cuts in

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social care and mental health

provision?

I'm not really interested

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in that knock-about, the sticks were

produced on a different basis

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previously so that is a factor to be

taken into account, I am on record

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from saying before, it is a complex

issue and a problem across Europe,

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with the exception of Finland and we

have to have a business adviser on

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the committee, the Secretary of

State has been defendant to study

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what is happening there, so we can

get to grips which is what a serious

0:25:100:25:16

problem across the country I have to

say Lords my lords it is a problem

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in Wales and Scotland -- Scotland

which was not controlled by this

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country.

The housing government said

that the Government is tackled the

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problem with £20 billion. That's it

from me for now, to join me on BBC

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Parliament to look back at the week.

But from now, from me, goodbye.

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