David Crausby: Order. Motion lapsed ( Standing Order No. 10(6)). Sitting suspended.
David Crausby: I ask the two Opposition Front-Bench spokespeople to divide up their time to give the Minister enough opportunity to wind up the debate and to allow the mover of the motion time for a brief response at the end. I call Kirsty Blackman.
David Crausby: Order. If Members keep their contributions to three minutes, we will get everyone in.
David Crausby: Order. I intend to call the three Front-Bench speakers at 10.30, but a number of Members wish to speak, so, if Members keep their contributions to about four minutes, we will have a chance of getting everybody in.
David Crausby: The hon. Member for Hazel Grove (Mr Wragg) raised the question of promises. Let me tell him that I have had enough promises to fill a small filing cabinet from Northern rail. When I last met Northern rail and it made further promises, I said, “I’ll put them with the rest of them and believe it when I see it.” My hon. Friend the Member for Stretford and Urmston (Kate Green)...
David Crausby: I beg to move, That this House has considered Northern rail services in Greater Manchester. It is always a privilege to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. When I was elected 21 years ago, in 1997, our railways were still, in effect, publicly owned. The reality then was that the service was rubbish, and it had been rubbish for a very long time. John Major, the then Prime Minister,...
David Crausby: That is right, because nobody gets off in Bolton—they are going to Manchester. People are getting on the train all down the line, so the closer people are to Manchester, the smaller chance they have of getting on at all. Four-carriage trains are essential. That has nothing to do with the timetable issues. Promises on the delivery of extra carriages have been repeatedly broken by...
David Crausby: Order. I want to call the three Front Benchers at 10.30 am, and we have three more speakers. If hon. Members could keep their contributions to not much above five minutes, then everyone will get the opportunity to speak.
David Crausby: The Prime Minister was right to prevent members of the royal family and Government Ministers from attending the football World cup in Russia, but what is being done to safeguard everyday football fans in what was, in my view, already a dangerous place to watch football, even before the incident in Salisbury? What advice will be given to travelling English supporters, many of whom have already...
David Crausby: Order. I think the Minister needs a chance to reply.
David Crausby: Very quickly.
David Crausby: Everybody pinches a minute. I will now call the Opposition Front-Bench speakers, but I ask them to limit their speeches to under nine minutes to allow the Minister an opportunity to respond.
David Crausby: I will now call the last Back-Bench speaker but I expect a tiny speech—no more than two minutes.
David Crausby: I asked Members to keep their speeches to five minutes, but everyone has exceeded that a bit. That means that someone may not get the chance to speak, so please keep your contributions to below five minutes.
David Crausby: You can. My friends don’t have to, but I think they should.
David Crausby: Order. I intend to call the first of the three Front Benchers at 3.30 pm. A number of Members have indicated that they want to speak, so if Members can keep their contributions to about five minutes, I think they will all get in.
David Crausby: We will start the debate, although it may well be interrupted very quickly by a Division.
David Crausby: Order. The Minister is not giving way.
David Crausby: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Government amendment 399. Amendment 349, in clause 14, page 10, line 46, l eave out “for a term of more than 2 years”. This amendment would prevent Ministers using delegated powers to create criminal offences which carry custodial sentences. Government amendment 400. Clause 14 stand part. That...
David Crausby: Order. I remind Members that if they keep their contributions short, more hon. Members will be called.