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in new york, after a man drove a truck at pedestrians and cyclists in lower manhattan. he was shot by police as he left his vehicle, carrying two imitation guns, and is now in hospital under guard. officials have described it as a terrorist act. police sources have named the suspect as 29—year—old sayfullo saipov, from uzbekistan, who moved to america in 2010. us media reports say a note was found in his vehicle referring to the islamic state group. president trump says he has ordered the us department of homeland security to step up its already strict vetting programme for foreigners travelling to the united states, following the attack in new york. in a tweet, he described the attacker as sick and deranged. now on bbc news, tuesday in parliament. hello, and welcome to
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tuesday in parliament, our look at the best of the day in the commons and the lords. coming up: the government is to review the maximum stake for fixed—odds betting terminals. it could be reduced to £2. mps hear the terrible toll of gambling. 450,000 children who gamble at least once a week. otherwise it was an especially hectic day on the committee corridor. i have reports from five committees for you, including international development, where witnesses described the horrors of hurricane irma. but among the misery, one uplifting moment. even though we lost the roof of our prison, i believe our prisoners sat tight and waited for it to be put back on. but first, the maximum stake for a fixed—odds betting terminal could drop to as little as £2 under a government review. currently, people can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on electronic
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casino games, fobt machines, as they're known. but ministers are considering a new limit of somewhere between £2 and £50. the idea is to reduce the risk of people suffering big losses and to tighten up advertising rules. but labour's spokesman declared that the announcement was a victory for the gambling industry. he set out the scale of the problem. 430,000 people addicted to gambling. up one third in three years. a further two million problem gamblers at risk of developing an addiction. £i.8 billion lost on fobts each year. an increase of 79% over the last eight years. the gambling industry who have the amount they win in debts increasing by billions of pounds and yet they only paid £10 million for education and treatment services on a voluntary levy this year. worst of all, 450,000 children who gamble at least once a week.
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i appreciate his concerns about the fact that this is a consultation, but it is clearly the fact that the labour government in 2005 rushed through the gambling act, without paying proper focus on the issue of these machines that have led to the proliferations of these machines. these machines didn't exist in 1997 when the labour party came into power. it is this government who has recognised the harm that is being caused and is taking action on this issue. there is a consultation, it is due process and i expect people to contribute to that process. by announcing yet another consultation they are attempting to kick this further into the long grass. the move to cut the maximum stake, while welcome, doesn't go far enough.
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in scotland £4 billion is spent every year on 2,000 gaming machines and this is at a time when more people are being identified as being problem or at risk gamblers. action is needed now and if this parliament is unwilling to act, then the scottish parliament is. will the minister start today the process of devolving all gambling powers to the scottish parliament? mr speaker, we have already devolved a number of powers to the scottish parliament and they haven't yet taken up those powers. the gambling commission over the summer published a report into problem gambling and found the highest levels were in spread betting, then through betting on a betting exchange, then through playing poker in pubs or clubs, then betting online on events other than sports or horse racing, greyhound racing and only then followed by playing gaming machines in bookmakers. given that the much higher levels
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of problem gambling all come with unlimited stakes and unlimited potential winnings, if the government is so focused on evidence why is it focusing so much betting machines and bookmakers or is itjust playing to the gallery as most of us know it is really all about? would my honourable friend agree with me that bookmakers do actually provide considerable employment, they contribute to the economy, and for the vast majority of gamblers a bit of enjoyment and light fun and we should not forget that. the scale of harm being inflicted by these appalling machines in my area prompted newham council to lead calls for a £2 maximum stake. we have heard fears today that if that happens the number of betting shops could be almost halved across the country but could i reassure my minister that if the number of betting shops in east ham high street was halved there was still be too many of them. can we still introduce
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this £2 maximum stake as quickly as possible. it was a mistake to introduce these machines to the high street in my view, a complete mistake. it is notjust a reduction in stake, could she say a bit more about the proliferation of betting shops across our country and our high streets? the issue of proliferation of bookmakers in our high streets is one of those we looked at in the call for evidence and we conclude that the local authorities have the powers to address this issue. i think when we take the whole thing, the whole package of measures, i am sure that it is something that will be a reduction in if the stakes are reduced significantly in the future. this goes way beyond addicted gamblers and affects children desperately. can i implore the minister to suggest that a reduction of £50 will not resolve the issue for those children? i am grateful for my honourable friend's comments and it is clear that actually we have listened to all the public concerns
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about the risk of high—stakes gambling, which is why we have published this overall package of gambling measures today. i would like others to make their views known as part of the consultation. the minister, tracey crouch. now, was britain's rescue effort good enough when a succession of hurricanes struck the caribbean? at the start of september, hurricane irma battered several small island states. it was said to be the most powerful atlantic storm in a decade, recording winds of 180 miles an hour. it caused a trail of destruction, with many islanders made homeless and thousands left without power for days. the lessons of hurricane irma are now being examined by a committee of mps. representatives from britain's caribbean territories spoke about the destruction. we were engulfed by the eye of the storm which was some 23 miles in width.
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the island being a mere 3.5 miles in width. as a consequence we suffered one fatality, very sadly, and a great deal of injury. it was a huge strain on the 32 bed hospital, bearing in mind that our population is some 17,000 permanent people. the islands' post irma assessment report said that the island suffered nearly 80% damage to its buildings across the entire chain of islands. approximately 400 homes were completely destroyed and there was a need to shelter approximately 1,000 persons before both hurricane irma and another hurricane. neighbouring islands experienced widespread looting. social distress and armed looting did kick—off. there was no lawlessness at all, even though we did lose the roof of our prison. i believe our prisoners sat tight and waited for it to get
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put back on. a journalist who'd been to the area, summed up the mood of the residents. they felt that, i think there was an issue of contrast. one person used the phrase third class citizens, if you like, third class citizens, because seeing the contrast with the french and the dutch. that feeling did persist, yes. it took a week for the first aid plane to land, and that was the one the foreign secretary went on, and that brought more military personnel but not much more aid, i understand. the power was out for a long time, much longer than it was represented to be and that was a source of anguish and communications were very difficult. her colleague described what had been found by a journalist who was observing the military efforts.
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she wrote a summary that said from the few conversations i was able to have with local people it appeared that while shifting boxes of aid from the backs of trucks and planes made good pictures for pr purposes but they were not the resources required at the time. the main issue faced by islanders was the lack of power, communications and transport. the box of aid was regarded as a drop in the ocean and all in all it seems that the most positive thing to come out of british efforts in the region was to have a presence on the streets. in the eyes of the islanders this appeared to be the bulk of the british contribution. a military chief defended the british rescue effort. we had the military moving ahead of the cobra meetings, based on our own appreciation of the situation as it was unfolding, so even though our forces were at 48 hours notice to move, the marines were at raf brize norton within eight hours on the first night. three aircraft left on that friday. they all moved very quickly
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against the 48—hour timeline. that is the speed with which we responded. going back to the lessons, i think a key lesson is that we are concluding this from the process of preparing for this hearing, is that we lost the media war. when we have looked at all of the objective indicators we have a military assessment there from the us. we have looked at the amount of aid in terms of tonnage and money spent by other partners on neighbouring islands. the uk response far exceeds what other countries have done. richard montgomery. you're watching tuesday in parliament, with me, mandy baker. if you want to catch up with all the news from westminster on the go, don't forget our sister programme today in parliament is available as a download via the bbc radio 4 website. the brexit secretary david
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davis is a busy man. not only is he negotiating the uk's withdrawalfrom the european union, but he's regularly appearing before parliamentary committees. last week it was the commons brexit committee, this week, the lords'. he was asked whether the uk or the eu would benefit most from an agreement. the withdrawal or agreement on balance would probably favour the union in terms of things like money and so on, where as the future relationship will favour both sides and will be important to both of us and, of course, in article 50, as you know, it says taking into account the ongoing relationship. well, it seems to us you cannot take something into account until it exists, you know.
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so we see those things separately. what does no deal mean in practice? what will be the consequences for the united kingdom if there were to be no deal under article 50? following on from that, at what point in the negotiations, if all goes well, will you be able to confirm that no deal is no longer an option? well, the first thing to say is that right at the beginning no deal is not what we are seeking. i may sound like a cracked record on this but unfortunately every time we do not say that people assume that somehow you want no deal. i am not one of those people who think that no deal is the best deal. i think that is to be plain from the beginning. in terms of answering the end of your question, because we are, precisely because we are seeking a good deal, a deep and special partnership, to use the words of the prime minister, we will be trying to do that right to the end so that is what i would expect.
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that is where i think the answer is. now, in terms of what does no deal consist of? well, firstly i think no deal is improbable but if we end up with no deal, in my mind that tends to mean no free trade deal, and no customs arrangements go with that. that is the primary thing you lose. what i don't think is that we will end up with a circumstance where there is no agreement over a number of fairly fundamental issues, i do know, take aviation for one. i think whatever happens we will have some sort of basic deal, so my view of no deal is when there is a basic deal without the bits we really want. the reason i say that is that it is so patently in everybody‘s interest that we have, let's say, an aviation deal, notjust for us, not just for our holiday—makers but what would it give the economy of spain or italy or the countries that have heavily dependent regions on tourism?
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what would it do to poland if the million poles in europe could not go backwards and forwards between them? i think what is commonly thought of as no deal is almost, not impossible, but very, very, very improbable. david davis. the household appliance manufacturer whirlpool has told mps that a million faulty tumble dryers could still be in use. the firm started on a repair programme after discovering a fault in 2015. in august 2016, a tumble dryer awaiting repairs caused a fire in a tower block in west london. the business committee asked safety experts if the firm should have replaced the machines instead. in 2015 the decision to initiate a repair programme on tumble dryers, which was agreed by peterborough trading standards, rather than a full product recall,
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was this the right decision, and if not, why not, and how does the system work? who decides whether a recall or a repair programme is necessary? it wasn't the right decision and we are very frustrated that whirlpool continued to refuse to do a full recall. safety issues came to light in 2014, prompting whirlpool to start a repair programme. 0ur concern is that by 2016, 750 fires had been reportedly linked to these tumble dryers, and of course in august of that year, you had the shepherd's bush fire, where a tower block burned down and tragically...
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well, it left 50 people unable to return to their homes. throughout that process we consistently saw whirlpool ducking its responsibilities to customers. he criticised whirlpool‘s advice to consumers. where they were saying it was effectively still safe to use those machines was concerning as well, and following the shepherd's bush fire they didn't change that advice until a judicial review by peterborough trading standards, and our advice has been changed and people are being advised not to use those machines. so there's a whole range of things whirlpool have failed to do. the critical one is they have failed to recall these machines. in quite an unprecedented move, i wrote to the company six months before the shepherd's bush fire and expressed my concern about the advice being given that they were safe to use, and regrettably, subsequently six months later we had all those people displaced in what we would certainly regard as a near miss, because had that fire been at night—time, it could have been a different picture. the work we did with trading
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standards identified the risk, identified what the action plan was and the guidance to consumers, and that was consistently applied in all of the communications as well. and it was a clear definition of not using the product unattended, and what that meant was not to go out of the house or when you go to sleep at night. that's quite common advice for a number of white goods. people have quite busy lives these days, haven't they? they've got new products and digital products, smart, automatic. do you think that in this period this is sound advice? that everybody has to stay in when they're doing their washing on a monday? washing day? the advice we would give is not to use the product unattended, whether it be a product subject to this action or not, with something like that. i'm getting even more scared now as somebody who owns one of your products. rachel reeves wondered how many appliances were left to repair. how many are left in britain today?
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we thinki million as the estimate. if you think of the life cycle of this type of appliance, which is typically 7—8 years. and you are satisfied with that? this modification programme, which still sees 1 million tumble dryers with potentially that fault in our homes. i mean, from a reputational respective and also a company who, in a letter from your managing director, says having safety is priority. having 1 million with this tumble dryer with its faults, it doesn't seem safety is your number one priority. what i would point out is the number of resolutions so far that we've achieved through this programme, and it has been recognised that that is a very significant number. and he told mps he was still
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using his tumble dryer, even though it hasn't been modified yet. the health secretary, jeremy hunt, has already announced that the public sector pay cap, limiting rises to 1% a year, is to be abolished for staff in the nhs in england and wales. but where is the money to pay for it going to come from? appearing on the bbc‘s andrew marr show at the weekend mr hunt appeared to suggest the chancellor philip hammond was proposing to link extra money to better productivity. whenjeremy hunt appeared before the health committee, mps were keen to press him on what exactly he meant. so any sort of pay increase, will that come with efficiencies within the nhs or will that come from extra money that may come from the chancellor? well, what the chancellor has said is that he will consider providing extra money if i am able to secure some productivity improvements in the contractual arrangements that we have with staff members. 0k, thank you.
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just to clarify, is he saying it all has to come out of that or that there will be some kind of mixture of the two? he hasn't given me any more detail than i've given you on this matter. he will consider finding extra funding so that any pay rise, all or in part, wouldn't have to come out of savings in the nhs, but he would like to see some productivity improvements as part of those contractual changes. the secretary of state was also asked about newspaper reports that some gps were threatening to break away from nhs and set up a private alternative. i think we have to look at the underlying reason why those kind of motions are being debated, and i think it is that gps feel their workload is too high, theirjob has become too stressful. sometimes they feel they are on a sort of hamster wheel of between 13 and 14 minute
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appointments a day. the long—term solution is to get more capacity in the solution, which is why we have our plan to approve 5,000 gps, which we're in the middle of trying to deliver. some bits of that plan are going well, others less well, but i'm determined to deliver that and that is the long—term solution, i think. jeremy hunt. the paralympic gold medallist, tanni grey—thompson, has agreed that the classification of paralympic athletes is being manipulated. she was speaking to the commons sport committee, which is looking at whether some athletes are being given an unfair advantage by being grouped with competitors more disabled than themselves. in your position, based on what you know and have experienced, you believe more needs
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to be done because the current system isn't working? we should be gold standard, we should have this at the heart of everything we do, there should be independence, and i think we can achieve that. you believe the system is being abused. you believe that is happening now? yes. also giving evidence was the father of paralympian 0livia breen. he was asked why athletes were afraid to speak out. i think they are really frightened. i think they've been intimidated and bullied over many years. and part of that intimidation relates directly to classification. it's the international paralympic committee that sets the classifications. no—one from the ipc gave evidence in person, but it issued nine pages of evidence about its classifications. but the british paralympic association did talk to the committee, and tried to calm the concerns. i don't believe where we're at now is in a position where we are looking at something that can be considered not fit for purpose.
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i don't believe that. i think there are absolutely areas, and i'm sure we'll touch on them, where this process and the underpinning nature of classification can and must be approved. but that is not to say that the sport as a whole and the athletes as a whole are being failed by the process that we have in place currently. do you feel para—athletes that have been failed by the system in the way they have are owed an apology by the movement for the failures in the process so far? i have not... there has not been any proven case of intentional misrepresentation. there has not been any proven case of misrepresentation. there has not, indeed, been any evidence that has been presented that has gone beyond the circumstantial and the anecdotal. if i were to say that, it would be to not defend the right of those athletes who are otherwise being accused. asked if an apology was owed,
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tim holingsworth, said that in the absence of evidence, his answer was no. in the lords, the government suffered a defeat after peers backed a cross—party proposal to make sure anyone who transfers out of a pension gets financial advice. the change to the financial guidance and claims bill, approved by a majority of 82 votes, requires members of pensions schemes to be asked if they've received information or guidance before transferring out of the scheme or withdrawing their assets. the debate on the bill continues. a former minister has called for a ban on the use of tyres which are more then ten years old on buses and coaches. labour's maria eagle described how three people were killed when a tyre burst on the coach they were travelling in. one of the victims was her 18—year—old constituent, michael molloy. the tyre on the coach was older than he was. his mother frances is heartbroken. she thought coach travel was a safe
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form of public transport. yet the coach to which she entrusted her son turned out to be a death trap because of a 19—and—a—half—year—old tyre that no—one could see was going to burst because of the deterioration caused by its age. so, let those of us now in this house take steps to ensure that no other family has to endure what frances has endured. mr speaker, these old tyres kill. let's get them off our coaches and buses. let's get them off our roads. maria eagle. and that's it for this programme. so for now, from me mandy baker, goodbye. hello there.
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split fortunes in our weather during the day ahead. southern areas should be largely dry and we will see more in the way of sunshine than we did during tuesday. a feed of drier air in the mix from the near continent, around this area of high pressure. but, up to the north, it is all about this weather front, a weather front which will bring a slow—moving band of rain, heavy rain for a time, across southern and south—western scotland, particularly during the first part of the morning. to the north of the frontal system, there'll be a mixture of sunny spells and heavy showers. but it's this rain, around the glasgow area, for instance, stretching towards edinburgh, that could actually cause some spot issues and persistent heavy rain during the morning rush hour. into the midlands and east anglia and the south—east, there'll be the odd fog patch through the first part of the morning. fog tending to clear, though, and it'll be a fairly bright day, with increasing amounts of sunshine. the south—west of england starting
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off on a bright note. again, there could be the odd fog patch. similar story across parts of wales. just beginning to fringe in towards the north coast at this stage. to the north, it's a mixture of sunshine and heavy showers. to the south, certainly for much of england and wales, we're looking at a dry day and an increasingly bright one. now, during wednesday night, our frontal system finally gets a move on and pushes its way southwards. at this stage, reallyjust a band of cloud and some spots of drizzle. underneath the cloud it will be fairly mild, but to the north and south, will be fairly chilly, and certainly across southern areas of england, could be some fog around on thursday morning. now, on thursday, this area of cloud from our old weather front, friday will be dry and bright enough for many of us. but a change up here to the north—west, another weather front sinking in, initially a fairly weak affair. but, as we go through friday night, that frontal system is likely to bump in some warm air pushing in temporarily from the continent.
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that will bring some heavy rain across england and wales, and once all of that clears away, some really cold air for the weekend, the air coming all the way from the arctic. so yes, there will be some sunny spells, but also some showers too, perhaps wintry over the high ground in the north, and for all of us, a chilly wind. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: at least eight people are killed in new york by a man who drove a truck into pedestrians and cyclists in lower manhattan. five of those killed were visiting from argentina. police say the suspect moved to the us from uzbekistan in 2010. the mayor of new york says the attack is being treated as deliberate, but says there is no evidence so far of a wider plot. based on the information we have at this moment, this was an act of
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