Hugh Merriman, the railways minister told parliamentarians this morning that the government lost more money in the aftermath of the railway strike than it cost to settle the dispute months ago, PA Media reports. PA said:
Merriman told lawmakers the dispute “ultimately cost more” but considered the “overall impact” on all public sector wage deals. argued that it was necessary to
Ben Bradshaw The commission’s Labor Commissioner told Merriman that the strike “has cost the government more than £1 billion so far” from the effects of the strike.
He went on to ask: “That was easily enough money to settle this dispute a few months ago, wasn’t it?”
Merriman Answer: “Absolutely, looking at it with that particular lens actually cost me more than if I had just settled for that part.
“But again, we need to look at the overall impact on the current public sector wage bargaining. They are absolutely essential as part of the package.
“It is the reforms that will really fund these wage negotiations and make the railroads more efficient in the long run.”
Merriman told the commission that he “really hopes” that a settlement with the RMT rail union will come to an end soon to end the strike, PA reports.
Aaron Bell (Con) says it supports Sunak’s ambition to stop the boat. Does PM ensure that people making that journey are removed?
snack The government said it “must go further” and introduce a law that says if you enter illegally you will be kicked out of the country.
Alex Sobel (Lab) asks if Snack knew he paid millions to settle the tax bill when he appointed Nadim Zahawi to the Cabinet as Tory Speaker.
snack Zahawi has already fully addressed the issue and said he has nothing to add.
(That’s not true. Zahawi issued a statement, but that statement doesn’t fully address the issue.)
Laura Faris (Con) Asks whether the PM agrees that the public should be entitled to basic minimum services. And does the Prime Minister agree that Tony Blair was correct in saying that the greatest flaw with which labor was born was its link to organized labor?
snack Other countries say emergency services are prohibited from going on strike.
Kenny MacAskill (Alba) says Sunak should ensure that energy companies charge evenly so that poor people have to pay very little.
snack MacAskill’s suggestions could increase bills for most people, he said. The government is discussing what to do going forward, including the idea of a social tariff.
Graham Stringer (Lab) asks if the government is committed to ensuring HS2 reaches Manchester.
snack The government is said to be implementing plans to invest in the north.
Bob Blackman (Kon) Holocaust survivor Zigi Sipper is said to have died this morning. The prime minister paid tribute to his life and his message, ‘Do not hate’.
Snack pays tribute to Sipper. The message is “poignant and precise,” he says.
Dawn Butler (Lab) says he received excellent help from the ambulance staff. Even the nurses praised it. Prime Minister Will He Meet With RCN?
snack said all unions, including the RCN, have meetings with ministers. he is happy about it
Ian Lavery (Lab) said the government had pledged £100 million to British Bolt, signaling a step up. Now it is under control without getting a penny from the government. Does the Prime Minister agree that nothing better illustrates the government’s lack of industrial strategy and failure to contribute to the Northeast?
snack The pledge of support was contingent on the company getting private investment, it said. it was reasonable. But private investment did not come. But Sunak said the government is investing elsewhere in the northeast.
Sarah Green (Lib Dem) asks whether the prime minister will support her call to ban energy companies from forcing customers to switch to prepaid meters.
snack focuses on the assistance provided to people to help them pay their energy bills.
wayne david (Lab) said two of his members were killed in attacks by dogs. Dangerous dog laws aren’t working, he says. When will the government act?
snack It says the working group is looking into this.
Craig McKinley (Kon) Asked again about the extension of Urezzone.
snack The mayor of London says this unfair tax should be stopped.
David Simmons (Con) asks if Sunak agrees that an investigation should be conducted into claims that Sadiq Khan manipulated talks with Urez.
snack Khan says these serious concerns need to be addressed. And he says he is against extending Urezzoon.
snack He says he has a great deal of respect and appreciation for public sector workers.
Stephen Flynn A Westminster SNP leader says the SNP government has kept its promise to pass the Gender Recognition Reform (GRR) bill.
snack It said the decision to block it was based on the impact it had on pending matters. So the Scottish secretary acted “with regret”.
Flynn This, he says, is the Tories seeking to wage a “culture war” with the most marginalized people in society as victims.
Today, Tory MPs will vote to scrap EU rules that have been held against Scotland’s wishes, he said. Are we on a slippery slope to ripping apart devolution and imposing direct control?
no, say snack. He urges SNP to work with the UK government to create a compromise gender identity bill.