Highlights of proceedings in Parliament on Tuesday 6 March, presented by Alicia McCarthy.
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Hello there and welcome to the
programme. Coming up, Boris Johnson
says Britain will respond robustly
if it's found that the Russian state
was involved in the suspected
poisoning of a former spy and his
daughter in Wiltshire.
It is clear
that Russia, I may fray, is now in
many respects a maligned and
mounting on the Government to
intervene in the proposed for 4p
takeover of the British defence
engineering giant GKN. And there is
anger and the comments after the big
freeze led to the big burst, leaving
thousands of customers without
There is absolutely
no excuse for water company is
making huge profits not being able
to preside -- provide the resilience
that would protect businesses and
residents around the country.
first, the Foreign Secretary says
the UK will respond appropriately
and robustly should evidence emerged
of state involvement in the apparent
poisoning of a former Russian double
agent. Boris Johnson was answering
an urgent question in the Commons
about the incident on Sunday. When
the spy and his daughter were found
unconscious on a bench in Salisbury
Wiltshire. Russia insists it had no
information on what could have led
to the incident. The former agent
to's wife, son and older brother
have all died in the past two years.
He was granted refuge in the UK
following ace -- in 2010.
members will note that the death in
2006 of his son and while it would
be wrong to prejudge the
investigation, I can read you sure
the House that should evidence
emerged that implies a state
responsibility, that her majesties
Government will respond
appropriately and robustly.
he argued had been at the forefront
of imposing tough sanctions on the
Russian regime. He refused to go
into the details of this specific
I know members will have
their suspicions. And what I will
say to the House is that if those
suspicions proved to be
well-founded, and then this
government will take whatever
measures we deem necessary to
protect the lives of the people in
this country, our values and our
freedoms. And it fell I am not
narrow pointing fingers because we
cannot Mr Speaker, point fingers. I
say to governments around the world
that no attempt to take innocent
life on UK soil will go either
unsanctioned or unpunished.
MP who asked if the urgent question
said there were 14 other deaths
which journalists had exhibited to
We are seeing a
pattern here of what the KGB would
refer to as demoralise, destabilise,
and normalise. Does my right
honourable friend agree with me that
this is a form of soft war that
Russia is now conducting against the
It is clear that Russia, I'm a
freight, is now in many respects a
maligned and disruptive force. The
UK is in the lead across the world
in trying to counteract that. I had
to say it is sometimes difficult
given the strong economic pressures
that our -- are exerted by Russia's
hydrocarbons on other European
economies. The difficulties we
sometimes have in trying to get our
points across, but we do get our
points across and there has been no
wavering in the sanctions of the
regime that had been imposed by
European countries and nor will
there be any wavering as long as the
UK has a say in it.
MPs referred to mosh should --
Russian lender -- Russian money
being laundered through the UK and
sloshing about in the carbon market.
Can the Foreign Secretary saying
that he can't just patterns himself
on the back and that we will
complacent and that we must do more
to prevent more?
Can I think get --
can I ask people secretary to think
more of the nineteen thirties? I
think this period there where
marching through now is probably as
dangerous as the 1930s and Russia is
the new Germany. And a leader that
is very unpredictable with a leader
that is very predictable to take
America and free will.
Is it not
time to review whether we continue
to sit on the UN Security Council to
have Russia in a position to decide
whether or not actions that we take
with our military are lawful?
say... I figured if things turn out
to be as our many members suspect
where they are, to return to that
formula, I think we will have to
have a serious conversation about
our engagement with Russia. And from
my own part, I think it will be very
difficult to see how thinking a head
to the World Cup this July, I think
it will be very difficult to imagine
that UK representation at that event
can go ahead in the normal way. We
will certainly have to consider
A source close to Mr Johnson
later said he was talking about a
scenario in which British officials
and dignitaries may not attend,
adding he is not seeking to push for
the team to be withdrawn from the
tournament. Now, the sudden thought
following the recent freezing
weather has led to thousands of
homes across the UK being left
without water. Engineers have been
battling to deal with leaks and
burst pipes. Some areas have been
without supplies for several days
with people relying on emergency
supplies of bottled water. In the
comments, MPs demanded a public
inquiry, stronger price for the
regulator of watch, and proper
compensation for those -- can't --
composition for those impacted.
recognise this is been a difficult
time for businesses and residences.
We expect off water to formally
review the companies this period.
This will be a the review as was
identifying the problems. Also to
see examples of preparation shared
across the sector. The Government
will consider any recommendations
from the review and act decisively
to adjust any shortcomings exposed.
Lu with the Government respond and
will that --
Mr Speaker, can the
Minister line say that packages will
be available to cub -- customers,
some led to seek temporary
accommodation? And how those
businesses lost a day pass and trade
will be comes fitted on Richard this
will not happen again.
Environment Secretary highlighting
to the industry last week that on a
normal day, 3 billion L of water are
lost two weeks. What can be done to
ensure better regulation,
particularly tackling that huge
amount of water loss on a yearly
Customers in parts of England
had gained £150 of north of the
border than they are in Scotland and
they are not getting the service
provided. It may be, Mr Speaker,
that the service in England is
shareholder driven whereas in
Scotland thanks to the foresight of
successive governments of all
parties and the Scottish Parliament,
we have maintained a Scottish water
supply on the public ownership and
They made pre-tax profits
of three and is house last year.
There's simply no skews for having
robust emergency plans in place. The
Phillies this week have been
appalling, they have expose an
organisation which is not fit for
purpose. With the Minister not
commit to ensuring automatic
compensation for all Thames water
customers who have been without
water this week and to look at our
water interest -- industry do look
at its resilience for future
I am anger with them as
well. This is a recurring pattern.
There has been a change in ownership
and leadership. I am absolutely
determined that Thames water
customers receive a far better
service than they have today.
amounts have been invested into our
water system and far more than ever
when this industry was stated. Our
water supplies are amongst the best
and cleanest in the world. Having
said that, it seems to me that in
this case given that the weather was
well predicted, that water supply
companies have been caught for
automatic compensation should be
There is absolutely no excuse
for water companies making huge
profits not being able to present
that provide the resumes that would
have protected businesses and
residents -- residents around the
The Government has been
accused of threatening women at
hunger strikes at the immigration
centre with accelerated deportation.
The accusation came from the Shadow
Home Secretary, Diane Abbott. The
facility in Bedfordshire has his
women in family groups as was a
small number of men who arrived in
Britain as clandestine migrants on
freight lorries. Some women at the
site are protesting about the
conditions and medical access. The
company which runs the centre has
said some women were refusing to eat
in the restaurant but it was not a
show a letter that has been sent to
these women by the Home Office. The
lotus root produced in some media
outlets. It's a signed letter on the
Home Office headed paper. It begins
by stating that", as you are
currently refusing feud and fluids",
this may lead to your case being
celebrated. This sounds to some of
us on this side of the House, like
punitive deportations for women who
have dared to go on hunger strikes.
The Minister said the letter was
part of Home Office guidance and
have been published for wine in
Nobody wants detainees to
be at any risk. It is important that
they should not regard that as a
route to prevent removal from this
country. As I said very clearly in
my opening statement, ensuring that
individuals abide by rules is an
essential part of our immigration
The lab scale of people is
frankly a stand in our democracy and
an affront to the rule of law. This
most recent incident is far from the
first example and it will not be the
last unless there is radical change.
Why does the UK detained more than
any other European country? Like in
any other EU country manage this but
not the UK? Why does the Government
continued to detain vulnerable
people angry victims of torture. It
is time for radical reform of the UK
immigration detention regime and it
is time for a minute.
said all cases were considered on a
case-by-case basis. And welfare was
absolutely at the forefront.
After Prime the Minister raised
questions about UK buzz my departure
the EU. David Davis wasn't keen to
answer questions from labour's at
Davis about whether the UK with a
EDU if Parliament voted that a final
Brexit deal. In what was called a
I made very plain
weathered meaningful vote means.
don't want to retract from that.
Will a meaningful vote mean no I
recommend you go back...
When he was
a Minister colleague and a
committee, well I am sorry about...
Asking questions, there's no answer.
Will there be an opportunity to
suspend Article 50 in the event,
there was in time for a meaningful
vote will mean that you mean that...
Another Labour MP said Ed needed
clarity posts Brexit, putting but
this jobs at risk. David Davis said
he had spoken to the company's chief
From there 22, Winks from
North Wales, I did not foresee any
problem there with respect dividend
have said that he had a problem. All
I can tell you, is whether said to
If I may finish my point, I
appreciate that you want to reveal
what was said in private during the
negotiations, but he could be
devastating for the public if they
would reconsider their position in
UK, can I ask if that even in a
private conversation if you could
provide a clarity deceived the jobs
Like I said I had of
conversation got obviously no
Parliament, obviously, 19% of EU
doctors are in the process of
A lot of what we need to do
is give them how do we give EU
nationals and surety as to nothing
that happened than it has to be
repealed after 2019.
would be part of the treaty, the
withdrawing agreement, historically
British governments have not
repudiate agreements in a cavalier
David Davis gave his top
tips on how to negotiate.
beginning of this process, I told a
House, the wanted a debate there
would be astonished as the hoplite
was going to be in the next two
years. I think the view that when
public aggression, and negotiations
doesn't go very well. It creates an
attitude of genocide. And I avoided.
What everybody else does is up to
them. Mr is getting made different
David Davis. Now pressure is
mounting on the Government, and
opposed 7.5 S M 7.4 in the takeover
of British signed GKN. During the
hearing of the business committee,
the www. Concern from a group of MPs
who wrote the the secretary Clark to
block the takeover.
clear national security
implications. It's also about our
future defence capability is moving
forward. We have a plan for future
gum unaware involved in, not just
existing products, the Airbus
industry elsewhere in Europe, but
also involved in significant product
development, are indeed 15 year...
With contractors in the United
States as well. It's about
maximizing share of values. Eight if
you can't go get away with it at
somewhere well, that is not good for
What I know, is it buy, sell
short term business model. We have a
long-term business model where we
invest in technologies for the
long-term, I am an engineer, I
worked, I have been on the board, I
know what it takes in this business
to deliver, and I know for a
customer, a shorter programme is
seven years, ten years or more.
Yet we are a long-time business,
long-term company, we take long-term
relationships with universities,
customers to run this business.
regulator said the level of debt
involved in the deal raises
concerns. To see ever do would be
able to serve the £700 million
There's a standard
leveler we use in all our
Can you understand in
the current climate that people are
Do you understand,
this is complete... You are going to
funded with 20% extra debt?
not extra debt, if I may say so.
Combined £10 billion. Our position
is that we manage all these
businesses we manage these
What we aim to do,...
We have an exemplary track record in
terms of dealing with pension
schemes. Over the past six -- 15
years every single pension scheme in
our ownership, has left it and a
much more secure financial position
that it was before.
FPs spent the
afternoon on the energy, bill.
-- M Pease.
The business Secretary quoted from
an investigation into the industry.
The CMA identified a detriment
to consider matters,
that's to say how much consumers
are overpaying compared
to a fully competitive market.
At an average of
£1.4 billion a year.
Now, those paying in the default
have are much more likely to be
in reduced circumstances.
80% of households with an income
of less than £80,000 did not switch
80% of households with an income
of less than £18,000 did not switch
supplier in the last three years.
Yes, I was relieved last week
to finally see the Bill introduced
to Parliament and I welcomed
the Government's foray
into a policy which it previously
denounced as Marxist.
But it remains the case
that as a result of this
millions of households have been
left to scrape through this winter
facing a choice between cold homes
or astronomical bills.
If the average saving
between the cheapest Tartar
and a standard-bearer is £300
per annum, then somebody else apart
from he can do the maths to assess
songs that are going to start
from he can do the maths to assess
sums that are going to start
to recover from these
companies are the customers.
The Government is clear.
It except that it accepts that
what this legislation seeks
to do in this country,
impose a price cap within
a liberalised energy
market of long-standing,
has never been done before.
We are sailing into
completely uncharted waters.
Should we not, therefore,
proceed with some caution?
The Bill does not.
It sails off abandon trusting Ofgem
to set the level of the cap.
A major new power that has
the potential to alter
the UK energy market
with its yet unknown consequences.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has
called on the Government to work
with United Nations to help the
people of the Democratic of Congo.
He told the House of Lords that
there was anarchy across the
country. He reflected on the
My lords given the
prevailing anarchy across the
country. That seems impossible to
control. And of which I was reminded
in a conversation with the
Archbishop of Congo this morning. 2
million refugees, some any
casualties and immeasurable
suffering over the last 20 years.
Would the Government use its
influence over the other members of
the UN council Security Council? For
the Government Lord, said the
priority was to protect civilians.
In order to achieve this, we need to
let -- make UNESCO a more effective
force. To work with the newly
appointed head of an restoring
In a country where so
many people died in the second Congo
war, identity have seen Djourou
United Nations report where
millions, of bodies, mutilated
bodies... Some found and recognised
only by hysterical colours. People
live on less than 18p a day, isn't
it kind of economic leverage, the
Tao is unspeakable corruption,
that's right my load on all
occasions whenever we have contact
with the Government, we emphasise
the importance of human rights, that
basically to have to keep -- clean
Finally banning wild
animals and circus. We have come a
long way from the 1930s when it
lined tamers took to the ring
wielding their website in the 1960s
where elephants performed gravity
defying tricks. But, according to
the Department for the Environment,
there are currently 18 wild animals
a licence or travelling shows in
England. And these include six
reindeer, three camels, Tracy read,
Rocco 's, Fox's, Ministers have
previously announced that the inch
year, that's right that the intent
to ensure that it would be a band
for 20,000 20. But there was an
argument that there was no
place -- 2020.
Is it right, I question,
that we allow wild animals to travel
around the country from temporary
enclosures to circus tent and back
to a lorry for a journey
on to the next town?
What sort of a life
is that for animals such
as zebras and camels?
Without space to forage
and interact with other animals
of their own kind in the way
that they would naturally,
these wild animals cannot
truly say to be wild.
Her bill has a long way to go before
it becomes law. That's it for me.
For now, for new -- me, goodbye.