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Mike Wood: I beg to move,

That this House 
has considered beer taxation and pubs.

I am delighted to have secured this important debate, alongside Ruth Smeeth and my hon. Friend Mr Evans, and I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for allocating us this time.

Mike Wood: The UK has been one of the biggest donors to the Education Cannot Wait fund since it was set up in 2016. What plans does the Minister have to replenish the ECW, and to maintain UK leadership for children in crises?

 

Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

I join other hon. Members in paying tribute to my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers) for the work that she has done to bring the Bill to this stage. I know that for many years, she has cared deeply about and has worked actively on this issue. Nobody who has listened to the testimony of holocaust survivors can fail to be moved by their message and by the tragedy of the impact and the barbarism of this most evil of period in European history.

Mike Wood: What steps his Department is taking to help tackle the persecution of Christians overseas.

 

Jeremy Hunt Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Mike Wood: Will the Minister ensure that her Department’s education policy and financial decisions prioritise making sure that all children have an opportunity to learn, as recommended in the Send my Friend to School coalition’s new report?

 

Mike Wood: What steps the Government are taking to ensure that measures in the victim strategy, the forthcoming violence against women and girls strategy and domestic abuse Bill are aligned.

 

Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Mike Wood: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way during such a moving and powerful speech. Like her, I was extremely moved by Ms Pollack’s testimony, although that was at a Conservative party conference. Does she agree that the declining number of holocaust survivors is another reason why it is so important for their recorded testimony to have a central role in the new learning centre?

 

Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

Mike Wood: I want to speak, very briefly, about new clause 1 and amendment 6. I congratulate my right hon. Friend Sir Greg Knight on the progress that his Bill has made, and particularly congratulate him on the new clause and amendment, which clarify the possibilities for a truly independent appeals procedure.

Mike Wood: As well as the world’s best beer, one of the things that brings people into our pubs is live music. What assessment has the Minister made of the importance of the music industry’s contribution to our economic and cultural health?

 

Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Prison serves many functions and purposes: to punish, to reform, but also to protect wider society. That protection relies on being able to restrict and prevent criminal activities in order to break up the existing networks and ensure that the crimes and offences for which prisoners are in jail cannot continue while they remain there.

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