Oral Answers to Questions Debate

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Department: Scotland Office

Oral Answers to Questions

John Bercow Excerpts
Wednesday 13th February 2013

(11 years, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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David Mundell Portrait David Mundell
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I absolutely agree with the hon. Gentleman. He will be aware that Scottish universities and research institutes receive £436 million from UK research councils—roughly 13% of the overall scientific research funding. [Interruption.]

John Bercow Portrait Mr Speaker
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Order. There are a lot of very noisy private conversations taking place in the Chamber. Let us have a bit of order so that we can hear Mr Michael Connarty.

Michael Connarty Portrait Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk) (Lab)
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8. What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Ministers in the Scottish Government on the level of gambling machine usage in Scotland.

Michael Connarty Portrait Michael Connarty
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I am not sure whether to thank the Minister for that very unhelpful answer. Fixed-odds gambling terminals—[Interruption.]

John Bercow Portrait Mr Speaker
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Order. We will just have to extend the session. There is a point to having some courtesy towards the Member who is asking the question. I am sure that is something that Members learned at school.

Michael Connarty Portrait Michael Connarty
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Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I will take cheers from anywhere.

Fixed-odds gambling terminals have sucked up £122 million in profits in the betting shops in Scotland. They are called the crack cocaine of the gambling industry. Is it not time for the Secretary of State to join me in lobbying to have the gambling prevalence survey reinstated, considering how much addictive gambling there is in Scotland and other parts of the UK?

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John Bercow Portrait Mr Speaker
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Order. The hon. Lady must be heard.

Penny Mordaunt Portrait Penny Mordaunt
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—such as campaigning against greenfield development and then voting for it, as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Eastleigh has, or purporting to support fan ownership of football clubs while undermining the community buy-out of Pompey, as the Professional Footballers Association has done this week?

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None Portrait Hon. Members
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Oh, no.

John Bercow Portrait Mr Speaker
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Order. It is very discourteous of the House to issue a collective groan—notably on the Opposition Benches. It is quite inexplicable. I have called the good doctor; let us hear from the good doctor.

Julian Huppert Portrait Dr Huppert
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Schools in Cambridgeshire were underfunded for decades by both the last Labour Government and the one before that, and the latest figure shows that they receive £600 per pupil per year less than the English average—the worst funding in the entire country. Does the Prime Minister agree that that is simply unfair? Will he support the Cambridge News “Fair deal for our schools” campaign, and pledge to end the discrepancy during the current Parliament?