tv The Week in Parliament BBC News March 26, 2018 2:30am-3:01am BST
she had with donald trump. in an interview with the american network cbs, ms daniels has described having unprotected sex with mr trump in 2006. mr trump has denied any relationship with ms daniels. at least 37 people have died in a fire that tore through a shopping centre in the siberian city of kemerovo. dozens are still missing, with many of those caught up in the fire feared to be children. russian media say the fire started in one of the cinema halls. the ousted former leader of catalonia, carles puigdemont, is spending the night in prison in germany, after being detained on a european arrest warrant. his detention brought thousands of people onto the streets of catalonia to demand his release. now on bbc news, time to look back at the week in parliament. hello and welcome to
the week in parliament. coming up... real anger on the conservative benches over the government's brexit fishing deal. there is no way i can sell this deal in a transitional period as anything like a success to the fishing communities in moray, scotland or the uk. the foreign secretary likened vladimir putin and the world cup to hitler and the 1936 olympics. the comparison with 1936 is certainly right, and i think it is a metic prospect. content or not content? that is the question. i think the contents have it. not content! but first, the week began
with ministers hailing an historic step forward, the uk and eu largely agreed the overall shape of their relationship during the changeover period following brexit. but by tuesday they must‘ve felt like they had been slapped in the face with a wet fish. trawlermen were up in arms that the uk will not regain control of its uk waters in march 2019. the mps who represent them demanded answers. the mood in fishing communities today is one of palpable anger. this is not what they were promised. and the basic question the secretary of state has to answer today is this, if they can let us down like this over the deal for a transitional period, how do we know whether they will not do it again when it comes to the final deal? the first thing i will happily acknowledge is there is disappointment in fishing communities. i know, as someone whose father was a fish merchant and whose grandparents went to sea to fish,
i do know how fishing communities feel about the situation at the moment, i share their disappointment. to ensure the secretary knew how they felt, they travelled down the thames river so politicians could throw dead fish off it. one of the politicians was supposed to be the conservative jacob rees—mogg, but as he neglected to get permission from transport for london to board the vessel, he was left bankside. the former ukip leader nigel farage did make it onto the river, it all went to show just how angry the fishing community was and many on the conservative benches shared that anger. i'm sure the secretary of state will understand that there is no way i can sell this deal in the transitional period as anything like a success to fishing communities in moray, scotland or the uk. but several conservatives were not convinced that the government would not use that control to allow eu fishing in uk waters once the transition period was over. does my right honourable friend agree that we owe a debt
to our fishing communities? and that we must not guarantee to the eu at the end of this implementation period any level of access in favour of a longer term trade deal? but while many conservative mps were disappointed with the government's deal, they still reserved some anger for the snp. does he share the concern that i have, and the scottish fishermen‘s federation, that the scottish government would keep us in the common fisheries policy and that would sell scotland's fishermen out? the snp were livid. they also tell me why over the years the snp has proposed changes to bring greater control over fishing policies but have been rejected, does he agree with me that because it is a big industry in scotland and important to the scottish government but means nothing at westminster? surely it is a question of what importance we put on something as to whether we got it.
therefore i ask my right honourable friend, what did we get in return? the big prize is an implementation period that allows us as a country that allows us to prepare for the benefits that it will bring. but the lib dem who raised the question warned michael gove against taking fishermen for granted. it was reported at the government chief whip today — or yesterday rather — told his backbenchers, "it is not like the fishermen are going to vote labour." if that is true, it betrays a certain attitude and the secretary of state should not become complacent, he should not take it for granted in the future that they will be voting tory either. before the onslaught from fisherfolk another potential problem had come to light. that was customs checks. a university study claimed thatjust two extra minutes of checks on vehicles could lead to 29—mile—long tailbacks on the roads around dover.
the transport secretary had insisted there be no checks at the border at all. mps were anxious for answers. given that the government is committed to leaving the customs union but that all free—trade agreements involve some checks at borders, how exactly can this be squared with no checks at all? we will not create a hard border in dover that requires us to stop every lorry. can he give a single example of a nation that does not rely on a customs union agreement or on customs enforcement at its border? we have concluded, subject to the european council meeting shortly, an implementation period for these particular arrangements which will of course give us additional and valuable time to provide certainty to businesses, but also to make sure we have all the arrangements in place for a successful customs arrangements going forward. the port of dover reckons 99% of their traffic goes to and from european union and takes
these massive great lorries on average two minutes to get through. there is no degree of customs check whatsoever that can prevent dover and kent from becoming a car park. this dystopian desire of the party opposite for dover and kent to be turned into a car park can only be avoided by investment. i should urge to make the appropriate investment to make that vision a reality as soon as possible. and on monday theresa may will give a statement to the commons on a deal for the transition period. now the lords have had a testing week, they have been scrutinising the eu withdrawal bill and to get through it all it meant some long days. one morning they started a four hours early at the ungodly hour of 11 o'clock and there is some very late finishes.
so far they have done nine out of 11 days of detailed examination. i asked the bbc‘s parliamentary correspondent how they've been getting on. they've been going through the detail and they have been dancing around a whole load of very complicated issues within the bill, but they have not put anything to a vote. so this a dress rehearsal for the next phase of debates, teasing out issues, identifying points of controversy. when it comes to what is called the report stage of debate which will happen after easter, that is when they get onto actual voting, identifying issues and probably making changes the government really won't like. they're gearing up for that moment. that is the eu withdrawal bill and then it comes back to the commons but even when that one has passed it is not the end of brexit legislation, there are many more bills to come? it is barely the beginning because there are several other bills to come. once the eu withdrawal bill is finally through and that may take quite a while for the two houses to agree on its final form, then you get a lot of secondary
legislation, orders and regulation and so forth. then you have an immigration bill, the fisheries bill, a trade bill and other bills that will have to go through to deal with different aspects. an awful lot of action will have to be in may, probably after the local elections are out of the way. may will be the cruellest month. the government will be under pressure all the time, lots of late sittings, lots of knife—edge votes. the government isn't confident of its commons majority with a whole series of issues and the really big one is the potential for the trade bill to be amended so the government is reguired to negotiate and keep britain in a kind of customs union with the eu. they may or may not be forced to have that attached tote bill, it all depends on the commons arithmetic, but is a possibility. it may account for the fact that the bill hasn't been put forward until now. it is not far off march 29th this year, so we have got one year to go before it has all got to be done
and we were supposed to have a meaningful vote in october. with the summer recess, there are not many weeks off to get this through. are they going to make it? they are certainly going to give it a go, they have to have quite a lot as a very detailed legislation in place, having a two—year transition period, it does give a little bit of leeway. some things have to be absolutely through and ready by brexit day, others maybe you can phase in a bit later on. the uncertainty that the government has over its ability to get things through the commons is delaying things and at some stage there will have to be a rush to hammer things through, perhaps more quickly than many mps are comfortable with. this week marked the first anniversary of the day five people died and dozens more were injured when an islamist extremist drove his car into pedestrians on westminster bridge and killed a police officer in the grounds of parliament. order, order. colleagues, we shall now observe a one—minute silence in respectful memory of those who died one year ago today.
today is a moment for reflection and to remember those whose lives were so cruelly taken away from them. we unite together in their memory to face down these despicable and cowardly acts. from the doorkeepers, the police and security services, the house staff and including the honourable member for aylesbury, none of us in the chamber can forget that day. remembering the westminster attack. and now let's have a look at the other news from parliament in brief. heartfelt appeals from mps for a cystic fibrosis drug to be made available on the nhs in england. more than 10,000 people have the condition, and the drug can slow down the decline of the lungs. an snp mp said her granddaughter has the condition. she said it was heartbreaking watching her go through
physiotherapy. her parents were told they must not comfort her as she needs to get used to it as she will need physio all of her life. she cried, i cried, her grandfather who is here today cried as well. but she is getting used to it. cf sufferers and their families are amazing people and i discount myself from that. they care about each other and the proof of this is here today. over 100,000 signatures and so many members taking part in this debate. nurses, midwives, paramedics, cleaners, and porters will be among those receiving a pay rise of at least 6.5% over the next three years. the health secretary said the increase for nearly1 million nhs staff in england recognised that they are working harder than ever. the whole house will want to pay tribute to the hard work of nhs staff up and down the country during one of the most difficult winters in living memory, and today's agreement on a new pay
deal reflects public appreciation forjust how much they have done and continue to do. however, it is much more than that. the agreement which nhs trade unions have recommended to their members today is a something for something deal which brings in profound changes in productivity in exchange for significant rises in pay. fixed—odds betting terminals have been branded a modern—day scourge by the bishop of st albans. currently, the terminals allow users to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on electronic casino games like roulette and blackjack. this week, the gambling regulator recommended cutting the maximum stake on the machine to £30 or less. the bishop criticised the recommendation. he said the machines... create misery and deepen poverty. unemployed people are more likely to play these games than any other group.
citizens advice has shown for every adult, six to ten others are adversely affected. the children and families of addicts are simply bewildered by the gambling commission's suggestion that a stake up to £30 might be acceptable. will the noble baroness assure the house that the needs of the vulnerable will be placed above either concerns about tax revenue or the gambling lobby and that a £2 stake is the only answer? there were calls from across the commons for the restoration of power—sharing at stormont. mps were debating a bill to give authority for day—to—day spending in the absence of a devolved government. power—sharing collapsed more than a year ago. all of this places northern ireland's diligent public servant in a difficult position. they are making now increasingly autonomous decisions about services without really having a political master to serve or a political
backstop to watch their back if there is a crisis in any of the services they are providing, and i think we can all see that that's not a situation we'd wish to place civil servants in and it's not a situation that can continue ad infinitum. of course we want devolution and of course, efforts must continue to ensure there is devolution in northern ireland but in the meantime, there are communities and people suffering as a result of a lack of decision—making and as he has rightly said, in the meantime, we must ensure that decisions are made for the good of everyone. one topic exercising their lordships this week was rubbish — literally. a conservative former minister thought it would be a good idea to add litter—picking to the national curriculum and he was not mincing his words. the shocking and disgusting proliferation of litter in our towns and our countryside frankly shames this nation and while my proposal
might meet with some opposition and some people would understandably be very concerned about safety and indeed, some teachers might not like it very much, if it were enacted that all children spent a couple of hours clearing litter, i believe it might have a gradual effect on attitudes and not only that, but that it might, in the long—term, have a positive one labour peer did not think much of that idea. given the high rate of illiteracy in many of our primary schools and the low rate of numeracy amongst ii—year—olds, which really affects their subsequent education, does the noble lord not agree with me that it would be far better to concentrate on the essentials of a good education and not expose our children to unnecessary danger doing foolish things which are not really part of the curriculum? the uk's relationship with moscow has been under the spotlight since the poisoning of the former russian double agent
and his daughter in salisbury earlier this month. a complicating factor is, of course, that russia is hosting the world cup this summer. borisjohnson was asked about the tournament when he appeared in front of the foreign affairs committee. one labour mp wasn't exactly relishing the prospect of the russian leader playing host. putin's going to use it the way that hitler used the 1936 olympics. the idea of putin handing over the world cup to the captain of the winning team fills me with dread. well, yes, i think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right and i think it's an emetic prospect, frankly, to think of putin glorying in this sporting event. did he think the england fans would be safe and indeed, should they and the england team go at all? on balance, it would be wrong to punish them or the team, who worked on this for a long time,
incredibly hard, given up their lives to it. i think it would be a pity for them. but your point about the safety of fans is well made and well taken. this is of crucial importance to us. borisjohnson was also asked about the salisbury attack itself. why do you think putin, russia, felt able to undertake such a brazen, despicable, illegal attack on british soil? it was a sign that president putin, or the russian state, wanted to give to potential defectors in their own agencies that this is what happens to you if you decide that you support a country with a different set of values, such as our own, you can expect to be assassinated. what are your plans in terms of communication in light of what has happened? things are going to be very difficult politically, of course they will be, for a while to come. but that doesn't mean that
all contact must be stopped. borisjohnson said he did not want another cold war. i grew up genuinely worrying that the world, our country, was going to be evaporated in a thermonuclear strike. i don't think that we face that kind of existential threat, but it is a threat nonetheless. the foreign secretary. now, prime minister's question time is supposed to be one of the highlights of the week. but on wednesday, mps were very slow to take their places on the green benches and some even left before the end, and they weren't the only ones struggling to remain engaged. a little boy in the visitors' gallery watching democracy in action fell asleep on his father's lap. in the chamber below, there was more than a hint that local elections were on the horizon. does the prime minister believe the collapse of northamptonshire council is the result of conservative incompetence at a local level, or is it conservative incompetence at a national level? obviously, there has been the report
into northamptonshire county council but let's just look at what we see across the board in councils. let'sjust — yes, yes, yes. if you look at what is happening in councils up and down this country, there is one message for everybody, and that is that conservative councils cost you less! jeremy corbyn said the government had prioritised tax cuts for the super—rich and big business over funding cuts for councils. with the noise level now threatening to wake the little boy, theresa may hit back. and we all know what labour would mean for council taxpayers. because just this week, the shadow communities secretary backed... "oh, oh!" he says! "0h!" could that be because he does not want people to know what he is supporting? because he has supported
a plan to stop local tax — have taxpayers having the right to stop tax hikes, he is supporting a plan to introduce a land value tax — a tax on your home and your garden — and he wants to introduce a new hotel tax. we all know what would happen under labour — more taxes and ordinary working people would pay the price! doesn't it tell you everything you need to know? you need to know about this government, that it demands households and businesses pay more to get less ? now, very rarely is an election held where the number of people voting and the number of candidates are more or less the same, but this is not unusual when it comes to electing a new hereditary peer to the house of lords. most hereditaries left the lords in reforms under tony blair in 1999. but 90 of them were elected to stay on.
when one of them dies, a by—election is held to fill the vacancy. to stand as a candidate, you have to be on a special register. there are currently 198 names on that list. 197 of them are men. labour's lord grocott, not a hereditary, has long campaigned to scrap the by—elections. the attempt ran out of debating time on friday but could return on another day, and he had already vowed to fight on. no intention of giving up because i've no doubt about the overwhelming case in favour of the proposal that i am making and i am in no doubt whatsoever that, sooner or later, these ridiculous by—elections will cease. it's always tough for a private member's bill and if i don't succeed this time, i am quite sure someone else will or i will again. one way or another, the determination to deal with this will continue because this is part of our constitution. it's a shameful part of our constitution because it is so ridiculous.
try and explain it to anyone from — in any other country in the world. so victory is inevitable, but it may take longer than i would like. lord g rocott. time for a wider look at the world of politics. here's selina seth with our countdown. five! lib dem msp tavish scott is putting shetland on the map properly. thinking outside the box, he is calling on public bodies to move shetland to its real location on their maps. the scottish government agrees maps should be accurate. four! from the dazzling lights of hollywood, sex and the city star cynthia nixon is hoping to sprinkle some star dust on the political world as she launches her bid to run for new york governor. i'm cynthia nixon. i love new york. three! labour mp steven doughty confesses his love for peter pan as a child, but dashed his dreams in the commons. it doesn't exist and yet
the minister, the minister appears to be that — i'm sorry to disappoint, mr speaker, but the minister seems to think that you can wish a happy thought and fly out the window. two! there was an eye—watering surprise in the kosovo parliament on wednesday as some opposition mps decided debating is dry, and instead threw tear gas into the parliament to disrupt a vote on a controversial border bill. one! fancy a pie for supper? excitement at westminster as a new bakery opens at the tube station. other supplies are available. selina seth. finally, we turn to the thorniest issue of the week — passports. news reached parliament that the all new post—brexit blue passport was to be produced not in gateshead, where they are currently manufactured, but in france. 0h! there was outrage on both the green and red benches but it was in the lords that the issue threatened to bring
the house to a halt. peers were being asked to agree an order increasing the cost of renewing a passport. a labour peer took the opportunity to raise the matter of french—made passports. because if it is true, i must say, it must be a great embarrassment for her majesty's government. he got short shrift from the minister. my lords, this is not an opportunity for noble lords to stand up and ask random questions. a conservative joined the battle. as a member here, we are being asked to approve these regulations, i'm entitled to ask a question about it. he got the same answer. lord foulkes had another go. i think the minister must answer this! well, i know that the noble lord thinks that i must answer this but it is courtesy in this house that if someone has an issue to raise at committee, they should raise it at committee. and, as far as she was concerned, that was the end of the matter — except it was not. peers still had to vote on the original issue. but that was just
a formality, surely. the question is that this motion be agreed to. as many as are of that opinion will say content. content! the contrary not content? not content! content! i think the contents have it. not content! content! i think the contents have it. not content! well, the chief whip had a word and eventually, the rebels backed down and the regulation on passport fees was approved. as to where british passports will be manufactured, i think it safe to say we will be hearing a lot more about that. well, that's all from me. don't forget, there is a round—up of the day in parliament every night at 11pm on bbc parliament. but for now, for me, mandy baker, goodbye. hello once again. i hope at least at some point during the course of the weekend
you managed to get to see some sunshine, because it may well be in the forthcoming week that that is in short supply for some areas, especially the northern parts of scotland. all of us will notice it turning a little bit colder, because initially there's some warmth to be had, especially across the southern half of the british isles. but, as i move you through to around about wednesday, well, those yellows have moved away. we've tapped into some cold air yet again from scandinavia, for the northern half of britain. to the south, well, there's an incursion of milder air, relatively, from the atlantic. but it comes at something of a price, and some of you start paying that as early as monday afternoon, because the cloud and rain begin to push in towards northern ireland, the west of wales, down into the south—west of england. elsewhere, after a chilly old start, the temperatures pick up quite nicely — ten, 11, 12, 13, something of that order. but that may well be the last that you see of those, because through monday night on into tuesday, so we push this low pressure closer to the british isles.
that in turn pushes this weather front ever further towards the north and the east. does the rain get away from the eastern side of england through the course of the day? well, it's a pretty close call, and it's certainly there to be had across the eastern side of scotland, where it's going to be really quite chilly. the last of any semblance of warmth is there to be had across the southern counties of both england and wales. from tuesday on into wednesday, that weather front is stuck across northern parts of scotland. the cold air flooding in, remember, from scandinavia. so we'll see, particularly on the hills, the grampians, the snowfall totals really beginning to mount up. in the south, it will just push some areas of cloud and rain ever further towards the east, some of the showers really quite sharp, maybe a wee bit of hail in there as well, as we see the first signs of that colder condition just beginning to seep its way into the southern half of britain. and then, from wednesday on into thursday, that weather front is still there across the eastern side of scotland, so the snowjust keeps on coming
to the higher ground. and by this stage, things may well be cooling off enough just to drag some of that snow to a slightly lower level. further south, a bit of a lull in proceedings, and then we'lljust push another area of low pressure in, with its attendant cloud, and some sharp bursts of rain as well. and at this stage, it really will feel cold and miserable, across the eastern side of scotland particularly. further south, temperatures just about getting to around about ten or 11 degrees, and just in time for the easter weekend, low pressure is very much the dominant feature. take care. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers
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