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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:37 am on 8th February 2007.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh PPS (Andy Burnham, Minister of State), Department of Health 11:37 am, 8th February 2007

May we have a debate on the weather? My right hon. Friend will be aware that throughout the country today—although not in Yorkshire, where we are tough—schools have been closed or are closing early. While that offers children welcome opportunities to practise their sledging, snowman-building and snow angel-making skills, there is an economic impact on businesses and public services—and indeed on this place, as earlier in the Committee Corridor I saw a child accompanying her father in her Wellington boots. We need to discuss what is the appropriate local, regional and national response at times when we have extremes of temperature, whether snow or excessive heat, to guarantee public services and people's health and safety.