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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:28 am on 1st March 2018.

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Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons 11:28 am, 1st March 2018

The business for next week is as follows:

Monday 5 MarchSecond Reading of the Data Protection Bill [Lords].

Tuesday 6 MarchSecond Reading of the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill.

Wednesday 7 MarchOpposition day (un-allotted day). There will be a debate on a motion in the name of Plaid Cymru followed by a debate on a motion in the name of the Democratic Unionist Party. Subject to be announced.

Thursday 8 March—General debate on Vote 100 and International Women’s Day.

Friday 9 MarchThe House will not be sitting.

The business for the week commencing 12 March will include:

Monday 12 March—Remaining stages of the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords].

May I wish all Members dydd gŵyl Dewi Sant hapus? I am told that that is “Happy St David’s day”, for all the non-Welsh speakers among us. I think that is right, but someone will no doubt put me right if it is not. This House has some great and talented Welsh MPs, and I wish them all a very happy St David’s day.

I can see plenty of daffodil pins in the Chamber, which today represent not only St David’s day but Marie Curie’s great daffodil appeal. As Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month begins, we are all incredibly grateful for the work of palliative care nurses, who do so much to support people suffering from such dreadful diseases. Our knowledge of the symptoms of ovarian cancer has improved over recent years, but we have a long way to go to improve early diagnosis, and this awareness month will support that.

Lastly, today is World Book Day. Much like in “The Chronicles of Narnia”, Members will be aware that today is very much winter outside but not Christmas. From “Alice in Wonderland” and “Little Women” to “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”, long may we all share our love of reading and continue to encourage children of all ages to share their pleasures in a good book.