06/03/2018 Tuesday in Parliament


06/03/2018

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Hello there and welcome to the

programme. Coming up, Boris Johnson

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says Britain will respond robustly

if it's found that the Russian state

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was involved in the suspected

poisoning of a former spy and his

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daughter in Wiltshire.

It is clear

that Russia, I may fray, is now in

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many respects a maligned and

disruptive force.

Pressure is

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mounting on the Government to

intervene in the proposed for 4p

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takeover of the British defence

engineering giant GKN. And there is

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anger and the comments after the big

freeze led to the big burst, leaving

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thousands of customers without

running water.

There is absolutely

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no excuse for water company is

making huge profits not being able

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to preside -- provide the resilience

that would protect businesses and

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residents around the country.

But

first, the Foreign Secretary says

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the UK will respond appropriately

and robustly should evidence emerged

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of state involvement in the apparent

poisoning of a former Russian double

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agent. Boris Johnson was answering

an urgent question in the Commons

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about the incident on Sunday. When

the spy and his daughter were found

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unconscious on a bench in Salisbury

Wiltshire. Russia insists it had no

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information on what could have led

to the incident. The former agent

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to's wife, son and older brother

have all died in the past two years.

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He was granted refuge in the UK

following ace -- in 2010.

Honourable

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members will note that the death in

2006 of his son and while it would

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be wrong to prejudge the

investigation, I can read you sure

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the House that should evidence

emerged that implies a state

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responsibility, that her majesties

Government will respond

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appropriately and robustly.

Britain

he argued had been at the forefront

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of imposing tough sanctions on the

Russian regime. He refused to go

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into the details of this specific

case but.

I know members will have

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their suspicions. And what I will

say to the House is that if those

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suspicions proved to be

well-founded, and then this

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government will take whatever

measures we deem necessary to

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protect the lives of the people in

this country, our values and our

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freedoms. And it fell I am not

narrow pointing fingers because we

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cannot Mr Speaker, point fingers. I

say to governments around the world

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that no attempt to take innocent

life on UK soil will go either

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unsanctioned or unpunished.

If the

MP who asked if the urgent question

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said there were 14 other deaths

which journalists had exhibited to

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Russian elements.

We are seeing a

pattern here of what the KGB would

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refer to as demoralise, destabilise,

and normalise. Does my right

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honourable friend agree with me that

this is a form of soft war that

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Russia is now conducting against the

West?

It is clear that Russia, I'm a

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freight, is now in many respects a

maligned and disruptive force. The

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UK is in the lead across the world

in trying to counteract that. I had

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to say it is sometimes difficult

given the strong economic pressures

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that our -- are exerted by Russia's

hydrocarbons on other European

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economies. The difficulties we

sometimes have in trying to get our

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points across, but we do get our

points across and there has been no

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wavering in the sanctions of the

regime that had been imposed by

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European countries and nor will

there be any wavering as long as the

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UK has a say in it.

Several Labour

MPs referred to mosh should --

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Russian lender -- Russian money

being laundered through the UK and

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sloshing about in the carbon market.

Can the Foreign Secretary saying

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that he can't just patterns himself

on the back and that we will

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complacent and that we must do more

to prevent more?

Can I think get --

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can I ask people secretary to think

more of the nineteen thirties? I

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think this period there where

marching through now is probably as

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dangerous as the 1930s and Russia is

the new Germany. And a leader that

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is very unpredictable with a leader

that is very predictable to take

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America and free will.

Is it not

time to review whether we continue

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to sit on the UN Security Council to

have Russia in a position to decide

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whether or not actions that we take

with our military are lawful?

I must

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say... I figured if things turn out

to be as our many members suspect

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where they are, to return to that

formula, I think we will have to

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have a serious conversation about

our engagement with Russia. And from

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my own part, I think it will be very

difficult to see how thinking a head

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to the World Cup this July, I think

it will be very difficult to imagine

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that UK representation at that event

can go ahead in the normal way. We

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will certainly have to consider

that.

A source close to Mr Johnson

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later said he was talking about a

scenario in which British officials

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and dignitaries may not attend,

adding he is not seeking to push for

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the team to be withdrawn from the

tournament. Now, the sudden thought

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following the recent freezing

weather has led to thousands of

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homes across the UK being left

without water. Engineers have been

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battling to deal with leaks and

burst pipes. Some areas have been

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without supplies for several days

with people relying on emergency

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supplies of bottled water. In the

comments, MPs demanded a public

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inquiry, stronger price for the

regulator of watch, and proper

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compensation for those -- can't --

composition for those impacted.

I

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recognise this is been a difficult

time for businesses and residences.

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We expect off water to formally

review the companies this period.

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This will be a the review as was

identifying the problems. Also to

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see examples of preparation shared

across the sector. The Government

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will consider any recommendations

from the review and act decisively

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to adjust any shortcomings exposed.

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Lu with the Government respond and

will that --

Mr Speaker, can the

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Minister line say that packages will

be available to cub -- customers,

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some led to seek temporary

accommodation? And how those

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businesses lost a day pass and trade

will be comes fitted on Richard this

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will not happen again.

With the

Environment Secretary highlighting

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to the industry last week that on a

normal day, 3 billion L of water are

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lost two weeks. What can be done to

ensure better regulation,

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particularly tackling that huge

amount of water loss on a yearly

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basis?

Customers in parts of England

had gained £150 of north of the

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border than they are in Scotland and

they are not getting the service

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provided. It may be, Mr Speaker,

that the service in England is

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shareholder driven whereas in

Scotland thanks to the foresight of

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successive governments of all

parties and the Scottish Parliament,

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we have maintained a Scottish water

supply on the public ownership and

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public...

They made pre-tax profits

of three and is house last year.

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There's simply no skews for having

robust emergency plans in place. The

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Phillies this week have been

appalling, they have expose an

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organisation which is not fit for

purpose. With the Minister not

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commit to ensuring automatic

compensation for all Thames water

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customers who have been without

water this week and to look at our

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water interest -- industry do look

at its resilience for future

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emergencies?

I am anger with them as

well. This is a recurring pattern.

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There has been a change in ownership

and leadership. I am absolutely

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determined that Thames water

customers receive a far better

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service than they have today.

Record

amounts have been invested into our

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water system and far more than ever

when this industry was stated. Our

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water supplies are amongst the best

and cleanest in the world. Having

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said that, it seems to me that in

this case given that the weather was

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well predicted, that water supply

companies have been caught for

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automatic compensation should be

paid.

There is absolutely no excuse

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for water companies making huge

profits not being able to present

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that provide the resumes that would

have protected businesses and

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residents -- residents around the

country.

The Government has been

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accused of threatening women at

hunger strikes at the immigration

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centre with accelerated deportation.

The accusation came from the Shadow

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Home Secretary, Diane Abbott. The

facility in Bedfordshire has his

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women in family groups as was a

small number of men who arrived in

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Britain as clandestine migrants on

freight lorries. Some women at the

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site are protesting about the

conditions and medical access. The

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company which runs the centre has

said some women were refusing to eat

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in the restaurant but it was not a

hunger strike.

Newspaper reports

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show a letter that has been sent to

these women by the Home Office. The

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lotus root produced in some media

outlets. It's a signed letter on the

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Home Office headed paper. It begins

by stating that", as you are

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currently refusing feud and fluids",

this may lead to your case being

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celebrated. This sounds to some of

us on this side of the House, like

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punitive deportations for women who

have dared to go on hunger strikes.

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The Minister said the letter was

part of Home Office guidance and

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have been published for wine in

November.

Nobody wants detainees to

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be at any risk. It is important that

they should not regard that as a

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route to prevent removal from this

country. As I said very clearly in

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my opening statement, ensuring that

individuals abide by rules is an

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essential part of our immigration

system.

The lab scale of people is

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frankly a stand in our democracy and

an affront to the rule of law. This

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most recent incident is far from the

first example and it will not be the

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last unless there is radical change.

Why does the UK detained more than

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any other European country? Like in

any other EU country manage this but

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not the UK? Why does the Government

continued to detain vulnerable

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people angry victims of torture. It

is time for radical reform of the UK

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immigration detention regime and it

is time for a minute.

The Minister

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said all cases were considered on a

case-by-case basis. And welfare was

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absolutely at the forefront.

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After Prime the Minister raised

questions about UK buzz my departure

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the EU. David Davis wasn't keen to

answer questions from labour's at

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Davis about whether the UK with a

EDU if Parliament voted that a final

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Brexit deal. In what was called a

meaningful vote.

I made very plain

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weathered meaningful vote means.

I

don't want to retract from that.

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Will a meaningful vote mean no I

recommend you go back...

When he was

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a Minister colleague and a

committee, well I am sorry about...

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Asking questions, there's no answer.

Will there be an opportunity to

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suspend Article 50 in the event,

there was in time for a meaningful

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vote will mean that you mean that...

Another Labour MP said Ed needed

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clarity posts Brexit, putting but

this jobs at risk. David Davis said

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he had spoken to the company's chief

executive.

From there 22, Winks from

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North Wales, I did not foresee any

problem there with respect dividend

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have said that he had a problem. All

I can tell you, is whether said to

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me.

If I may finish my point, I

appreciate that you want to reveal

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what was said in private during the

negotiations, but he could be

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devastating for the public if they

would reconsider their position in

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UK, can I ask if that even in a

private conversation if you could

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provide a clarity deceived the jobs

be protected?

Like I said I had of

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conversation got obviously no

Parliament, obviously, 19% of EU

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doctors are in the process of

leaving.

A lot of what we need to do

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is give them how do we give EU

nationals and surety as to nothing

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that happened than it has to be

repealed after 2019.

Partly, it

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would be part of the treaty, the

withdrawing agreement, historically

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British governments have not

repudiate agreements in a cavalier

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manner.

David Davis gave his top

tips on how to negotiate.

At the

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beginning of this process, I told a

House, the wanted a debate there

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would be astonished as the hoplite

was going to be in the next two

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years. I think the view that when

public aggression, and negotiations

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doesn't go very well. It creates an

attitude of genocide. And I avoided.

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What everybody else does is up to

them. Mr is getting made different

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advise?

David Davis. Now pressure is

mounting on the Government, and

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opposed 7.5 S M 7.4 in the takeover

of British signed GKN. During the

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hearing of the business committee,

the www. Concern from a group of MPs

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who wrote the the secretary Clark to

block the takeover.

They're very

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clear national security

implications. It's also about our

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future defence capability is moving

forward. We have a plan for future

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gum unaware involved in, not just

existing products, the Airbus

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industry elsewhere in Europe, but

also involved in significant product

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development, are indeed 15 year...

With contractors in the United

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States as well. It's about

maximizing share of values. Eight if

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you can't go get away with it at

somewhere well, that is not good for

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UK.

What I know, is it buy, sell

short term business model. We have a

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long-term business model where we

invest in technologies for the

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long-term, I am an engineer, I

worked, I have been on the board, I

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know what it takes in this business

to deliver, and I know for a

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customer, a shorter programme is

seven years, ten years or more.

325.

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Yet we are a long-time business,

long-term company, we take long-term

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relationships with universities,

customers to run this business.

The

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regulator said the level of debt

involved in the deal raises

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concerns. To see ever do would be

able to serve the £700 million

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pension deficit.

There's a standard

leveler we use in all our

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acquisitions.

Can you understand in

the current climate that people are

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worried?

Yes.

Do you understand,

this is complete... You are going to

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funded with 20% extra debt?

It is

not extra debt, if I may say so.

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Combined £10 billion. Our position

is that we manage all these

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businesses we manage these

businesses,...

What we aim to do,...

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We have an exemplary track record in

terms of dealing with pension

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schemes. Over the past six -- 15

years every single pension scheme in

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our ownership, has left it and a

much more secure financial position

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that it was before.

FPs spent the

afternoon on the energy, bill.

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-- M Pease.

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The business Secretary quoted from

an investigation into the industry.

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The CMA identified a detriment

to consider matters,

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that's to say how much consumers

are overpaying compared

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to a fully competitive market.

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At an average of

£1.4 billion a year.

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Now, those paying in the default

have are much more likely to be

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in reduced circumstances.

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80% of households with an income

of less than £80,000 did not switch

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80% of households with an income

of less than £18,000 did not switch

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supplier in the last three years.

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Yes, I was relieved last week

to finally see the Bill introduced

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to Parliament and I welcomed

the Government's foray

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into a policy which it previously

denounced as Marxist.

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But it remains the case

that as a result of this

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government's inaction,

millions of households have been

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left to scrape through this winter

facing a choice between cold homes

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or astronomical bills.

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If the average saving

between the cheapest Tartar

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and a standard-bearer is £300

per annum, then somebody else apart

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from he can do the maths to assess

songs that are going to start

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from he can do the maths to assess

sums that are going to start

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to recover from these

companies are the customers.

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The Government is clear.

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It except that it accepts that

what this legislation seeks

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to do in this country,

impose a price cap within

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a liberalised energy

market of long-standing,

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has never been done before.

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We are sailing into

completely uncharted waters.

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Should we not, therefore,

proceed with some caution?

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The Bill does not.

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It sails off abandon trusting Ofgem

to set the level of the cap.

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A major new power that has

the potential to alter

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the UK energy market

with its yet unknown consequences.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has

called on the Government to work

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with United Nations to help the

people of the Democratic of Congo.

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He told the House of Lords that

there was anarchy across the

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country. He reflected on the

situation there.

My lords given the

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prevailing anarchy across the

country. That seems impossible to

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control. And of which I was reminded

in a conversation with the

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Archbishop of Congo this morning. 2

million refugees, some any

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casualties and immeasurable

suffering over the last 20 years.

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Would the Government use its

influence over the other members of

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the UN council Security Council? For

the Government Lord, said the

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priority was to protect civilians.

In order to achieve this, we need to

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let -- make UNESCO a more effective

force. To work with the newly

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appointed head of an restoring

stability.

In a country where so

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many people died in the second Congo

war, identity have seen Djourou

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United Nations report where

millions, of bodies, mutilated

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bodies... Some found and recognised

only by hysterical colours. People

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live on less than 18p a day, isn't

it kind of economic leverage, the

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Tao is unspeakable corruption,

that's right my load on all

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occasions whenever we have contact

with the Government, we emphasise

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the importance of human rights, that

basically to have to keep -- clean

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their act.

Finally banning wild

animals and circus. We have come a

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long way from the 1930s when it

lined tamers took to the ring

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wielding their website in the 1960s

where elephants performed gravity

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defying tricks. But, according to

the Department for the Environment,

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there are currently 18 wild animals

a licence or travelling shows in

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England. And these include six

reindeer, three camels, Tracy read,

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Rocco 's, Fox's, Ministers have

previously announced that the inch

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year, that's right that the intent

to ensure that it would be a band

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for 20,000 20. But there was an

argument that there was no

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place -- 2020.

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Is it right, I question,

that we allow wild animals to travel

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around the country from temporary

enclosures to circus tent and back

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to a lorry for a journey

on to the next town?

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What sort of a life

is that for animals such

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as zebras and camels?

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Without space to forage

and interact with other animals

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of their own kind in the way

that they would naturally,

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these wild animals cannot

truly say to be wild.

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Her bill has a long way to go before

it becomes law. That's it for me.

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For now, for new -- me, goodbye.

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