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office numbers as members rightly expect. Order. Questions to be Prime

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Minister. Mr Toby Perkins. In addition to my duties I shall

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have further such meetings today Mr Speaker, the Government chose to

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launch the pupil premium at a school in Chesterfield where 70% of people

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receive free school meals. The headteacher, Dave Shaw was running

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the Great North Run for a cancer charity. However, her new schools'

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funding formula means that the junior school now face the biggest

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cuts in all of Derbyshire. Running for cash is now the only alternative

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to sacking staff. Will she go to the finish line and tell Dave Shaw how

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this is a fairer funding formula? Well, I'm pleased to say that in the

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local authority that covers the honourable gentleman's constituency,

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we have seen an increase of over 17,000 children at good or

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outstanding schools since 2010. That's down to Government changes

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and the hard work of teaches and other staff in the schools. For a

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very long time, it has been the general view - and I have campaigned

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on this for a long time - that actually we need to see a fair

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funding formula for schools. What Government has brought forward is a

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consultation on a fairer funding formula. We look at the results of

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that fairer funding formula and will bring forward our firm proposals in

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due course. Over the course of the last 12

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months, as part of the Defence Select Committee, I have' had the

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opportunity to look into the historic Iraq team and how we as a

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country deal with more historical allegations for our servicemen and

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women, not only for us who serve but for many members across this House

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it has been a deeply disturbing experience. I know the Prime

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Minister gets it but will she double her and her Government's commitments

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to get a grip on this historical process, so that never again, will

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our servicemen and women be exposed... I'm sure the whole House

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will want to join me in praising the bravery and commitment of all those

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who Seb in our Armed Forces. I would like to thank my honourable friend

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for the work he is doing on the Defence Committee because of course

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he brings personal expertise to that work. Those who serve on the front

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line deserve our support when they get home. I can assure my honourable

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friend of the Government's commitment to that. All troops

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facing allegations receive Legal Aid from the Government, with the

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guarantee that this will not be claimed back. In relation to the

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issue he has referred to, we are committed to reducing its case load

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to a small number of credible cases as quickly as possible and I

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recognise the action that has been taken in relation to the individuals

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he has referred to, I think it is absolutely appalling when people try

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to make a business out of chasing after our brave troops.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, nine out of ten NHS

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Trusts say their hospitals have been at unsafe levels of overcrowding.

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One in six Accident Emergency units in England are set to be

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closed or downgraded. Could the Prime Minister please explain how

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closing A departments will tackle overcrowding and ever-growing

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waiting lists? First of all, can I extend my thanks and I'm sure that

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of the whole House to the hard-working staff in the NHS who do

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a great job, day-in and day-out, treating patients. Yes we recognise

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there are heavy priors on the NHS. That's -- pressures on the NHS.

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That's why, this year we are funding the NHS at 1.3 billion pounds more

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than the Labour Party promised at the last election. He refers

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specifically to Accident Emergency. What is your response in

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Accident Emergency? We see 600 more A consultants. 1,500 more A

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doctors and 2,000 more paramedics. It's not about standing up and

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making a sound bite and asking a question, it is about delivering

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results and that's what this Conservative Government is doing. Mr

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Speaker, congratulating A staff is one thing, paying them properly is

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another. I hope she managed to see the BBC reports on the royal

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Blackburn A department which showed that pep had to wait up to 13

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hours and 52 minutes to be seen. Shocking. A major cause of the

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pressure on A is the 4.6 billion cut in the social care budget since

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2010. Shocking. Earlier this week, Liverpool's very esteemed adult

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social care director resigned saying, "Frankly, I can't see social

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services surviving after two years". "That's the maximum." People are

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suffering and we are really only seeing the tip of the iceberg. Mr

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Speaker, what advice does the Government have to the people of

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Liverpool in this situation? SHOUTING

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THE SPEAKER: Order, order. It is bad enough that when members who are

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within the curt ledge of the chamber shout. Those who are not, absolutely

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should not do so. It is a discourtesy to the House of Commons.

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Nothing more, nothing less. Please don't do it.

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The Prime Minister. Well, he refers at an early stage in his question to

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Blackburn oo. Imehappy to say compared to 2010 there are more

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hospital doctors and more nurses in the Blackburn East Lang kashire

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Hospital's NHS Trust. He went on to talk about waiting times and waiting

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times can be an issue. Where is it that you wait a week longer for

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pneumonia treatment? That you wait a week longer for heart disease

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treatment? That you wait seven weeks longer for cataract treatment? 11

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weeks longer for hernia treatment and 21 weeks longer for a hip

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operation? It's not in England, it's in Wales. Who is in power in Wales?

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Labour. Mr Speaker, my question was about the comments from the director

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of social care in Liverpool and why the people of Liverpool are having

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to suffer these great cuts. Liverpool has asked to meet the

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Government on four occasions. The crisis is so bad that until

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yesterday, Mr Speaker, David Hodge, the Conservative leader of Surrey

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County Council, planned to hold a referendum for a 15% increase in

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council tax. And at the last minute it was called off. Can the Prime

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Minister tell the House whether or not a special deal was done for

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Surrey? The decision as to whether or not to hold a referendum in

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Surrey is entirely a matter for the local authority in Surrey. In Surrey

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County Council. The right honourable gentleman has raised the issue of

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social care, which we've exchanged on across this Despatch Box before

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and as I've said before, we do need to find a long-term sustainable

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solution for social care in this country. So I recognise the

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short-term pressures. That's why we have enabled local authorities to

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put more money into social care. We have provided more money over the

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next two years, ?900 million more will be available for social care.

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But we also need to look at ensuring that good practice is spread across

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the whole of the country. We can look at places like Barnsley, North

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Tyneside, St Helen's, Rutland, towards the end of last year, no

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delayed discharges attributed to social care in those councils. We

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need to look long-term and that's why the Cabinet is driving a review

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w the relevant department, to find a sustainable solution, which the

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Labour Party ducked for far too long. My question was, whether there

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had been a special deal done for Surrey. The #4r50eder said they had

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many conversations with the Government. We know they have

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because I've been leaked copies of text be send by by the Tory leader

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intended to somebody called Nick who works for ministers in the

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Department for Communities and Local Government and this text reads "I'm

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advised that DCLG officials have been working on a solution and that

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you will be contacted me to agree a memorandum of understanding." Ah.

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Will the Government now publish this memorandum of understanding and

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while they are about it, will all councils be offered the same deal?

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What we have given all councils is the opportunity to raise a 3%

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precept on the council tax for that go to go into social care. He talks

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about understanding. What the Labour Party fails to understand... THE

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SPEAKER: Order. There is far too much noise. Mr Pound calm yourself,

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you are supposed to be a senior statesman.

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Order. And Mr Rotherham, you should reserve your shouting for the stands

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at Anfield. Prime Minister. As I say, all councils have the

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opportunity to raise the 3% precept to put that funding into the

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provision of social care. What the Labour Party fails to understand is

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that this is not just a question of looking at money, it is a question

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of looking at spreading best practice and finding a sustainable

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solution. And I have to say to him, that if we look at social care

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provision across the entire country, the last thing social care providers

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need is another one of Labour's bouncing cheques.

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Mrnchts speaker, I wonder if it is anything to do with the fact that

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the Chancellor and Health Secretary both represent Surrey

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constituencies? Mr Speakerers there was a second text from Surrey County

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Council leader to Nick and in the second text it says "The numbers you

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indicated are the numbers that I understand are acceptable for me to

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accept and call off the R." Now I've been reading a bit of John Le Carre,

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and apparently R means, referendum. It's very subtle, all this.

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He goes on to say in his text to Nick "If it is possible for that

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info to be sent to myself, I can then revert back soonest. Really

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want to kill this off." So, how much did the Government offer Surrey to

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kill this off? And is the same sweetheart deal on offer to every

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council facing the social care crisis, created by her Government?

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I've made clear to the right honourable gentleman what has been

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made available to every council, which is the ability to raise the

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precept. And I have to say to him... THE SPEAKER: Order. As colleagues

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know, I never mind how long Prime Minister's Questions takes. The

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questions must be heard and the answers must be heard.

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The Prime Minister. I have to say to him, he comes to the despatch broks

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making all sorts of claims. Yet again what we get from Labour are

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alternative facts. -- Despatch Box. What they really need is an

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alternative leader. Mr Speaker, my question was - what

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deal has been offered to Surrey that got them to call off a referendum

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and will the same deal be offered to every other council going through a

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social care crisis? Mr Speaker, hospital wards are overcrowded. 1

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million people aren't getting the care they need. And family members,

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mostly women, are having to give up work to care for loved ones. Every

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day that the Prime Minister fails to act, this crisis gets worse. So will

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she, finally, come clean and provide local authorities with the funding

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they need to fund social care properly, so that our often elderly

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and vulnerable people can be treated with the support and dignity that

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they deserve in a civilised society? The deal that is on offer to all

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councils is the one I have already set out. Let me just be very clear

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with the right honourable gentleman, because as ever, he stands up and

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consistently asks for more spending. More money, more funding. What he

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always fails to recognise, what he fails to recognise is that you can

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only spend money on social care and on the National Health Service if

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off strong economy to deliver the wealth that you need. There is a

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fundamental difference between us. When I... THE SPEAKER: Order. I'm

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sorry there is still too much noise in the chamber. People observing our

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proceedings here and on the outside what the questions heard and the

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answers heard and they will be. Prime Minister.

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There is a difference between us, when I talk about half a trillion

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pounds, that's the money we will be spending on the NHS this Parliament.

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When Labour talk about half a trillion pounds, tss the money they

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want to borrow. Conservatives investing in the NHS, Labour

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bankrupting Britain. Thank you, Mr Speaker, there are

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significant challenges facing this great nafgs ours, Prime Minister,

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one of which is tackling mental health, particularly for young

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people. The pressures of juggling school life, family life and staying

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safe and feeling valued online are more difficult than ever, would the

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Prime Minister agree to meet with me and my team to discuss the Mental

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Health Act that we have been working on and developing, an app to give

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young people a tool box to help them in the times of crisis?

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I am interested to hear of this. Mental health is an area where we do

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need to put more of a focus and make progress. I am pleased to say that

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something like 1400 more people are accessing mental health services

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every day. But more needs to be done. We are putting ?68 million

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into improving mental health care through digital innovation, which

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sounds as if it fits right into what my honourable friend is looking at.

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There will be a particular focus on that with children and young

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people's mental health in mind. He might want to look out for the

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Department of Health and the Department for Education joint green

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paper that they will publish in October. Angus Robertson. Last

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night, parliamentarians from across the chamber and across the parties

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voted overwhelmingly against the UK Government's Brexit plans in the

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Scottish Parliament. If the United Kingdom is a partnership of equals,

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will the Prime Minister compromise like the Scottish Government and

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reach a negotiated agreement before invoking Article 50, or will she

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just carry on regardless? As the right honourable gentleman knows,

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when the UK Government negotiates, it will be negotiating as the

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government for the whole of the United Kingdom. We have put in place

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the JNC arrangements through various committees which enable us to work

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closely with the devolved administrations identify the

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particular issues that they want to see represented as we put our views

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together. We have said we will intensify the discussions within

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that arrangement and that is what we'll do. Angus Robertson. When the

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Prime Minister was in Edinburgh on the 15th of July last year, she

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pledged that she would "Not trigger article 50 until she had an agreed

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UK-wide approach. So given that the Scottish Parliament has voted

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overwhelmingly against her approach, and all bar one MP representing a

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Scottish constituency in this House of Commons has voted against her

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approach, she does not have an agreed UK-wide approach. As the

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Prime Minister knows, a lot of people in Scotland watch Prime

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Minister's Questions. So will she tell those viewers in Scotland when

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she intends to keep her word to Scotland or not? We are ensuring

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that we are working with the Scottish Government and the other

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devolved administrations as we take this matter forward. I would just

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remind the right honourable gentleman of two things. First of

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all, the Supreme Court was clear that the Scottish parliament does

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not have a veto on the triggering of article 50. The bill that is going

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through the House is obviously giving the power to the government

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to trigger article 50. I would also remind him of this point, because he

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constantly refers to the interests of Scotland inside the European

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Union. An independent Scotland would not be in the European Union. Mr

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Speaker, the people of Rossendale and Darwen warmly welcome

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Government's housing White Paper. Will my right honourable friend

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confirm that when it comes to providing more security for renters,

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building more affordable homes and helping people buy their own home,

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it is this party, the Conservative Party, that is fixing our broken

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housing market? Am happy to agree with my honourable friend. Our

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broken housing market is one of the greatest barriers to progress in

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Britain today and the housing White Paper brought out by my right

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honourable friend II for communities and local government sets out the

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steps we will take to fix it and my honourable friend is right. It is

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the Conservatives who are going to support local authorities to deliver

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more of the right homes in the right places to encourage faster build-up

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of developments. I'm sure everybody recognised the problem of planning

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permission that are given and then not built out, and create the

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conditions for a more competitive and diverse housing market. We are

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setting out the response abilities of all parties in building the homes

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that Britain needs. Does the Prime Minister agree that in a 21st

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century parliament, the rules should not able any member to speak for

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longer than 58 minutes in a three-hour debate? Does she agree

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that the rules of the House should be changed to prevent filibustering

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and French other members from all sides of the House get that our

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share of the time available? I have to say, I find that a rather curious

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question from the honourable gentleman. Last night, as it

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happens, I was out of the House between the two votes. I switched on

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the BBC Parliament channel and I saw the honourable gentleman speaking. I

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turned over to something else. I switched back. I saw the honourable

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gentleman still speaking! I switched over to something else. I switched

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back and the honourable gentleman was still speaking. He is the last

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person to complain about filibustering in this House. Mrs

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Theresa Villiers. Mr Speaker,... Order! Mr Hughes, you seem to be in

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a state of permanent overexcitement. Calm yourself, man, take some sort

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of medication and it will soothe you. We must hear Mrs Williams. As

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we prepare in this House to take back control over our laws on

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agriculture, was she agree to use Brexit as an opportunity to

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strengthen, not weaken the rules which safeguard the welfare of

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animals? My right honourable friend raises an important point which is

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of concern are many people in this house and outside. We should be

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proud in the UK that we have some of the highest animal welfare standards

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in the world. Indeed, one of the highest scores for animal protection

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in the world. Leaving the EU will not change this. I can assure my

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right honourable friend that we are committed to maintaining and where

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possible, improving standards of welfare in the UK while ensuring

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that our industry is not put at a competitive disadvantage. Last week,

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the Russian Duma decriminalised violence against women and children.

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I trust the government will encourage Russia to rethink this

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aggressive approach which could realise a domestic violence. Does

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she agree that ratify the Convention would send a message to Russia and

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the world of the priority that should be placed on ending

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gender-based violence? I am proud that in this country, we have

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strengthened the law on domestic violence and violence against women

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and girls. We see this as a retrograde step by the Russian

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government, repealing existing legislation sends out absolutely the

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wrong message on what is a global problem. We have joined others in

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both the Council of Europe and the OSCE in criticising this decision.

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Each year, the NHS reportedly spends ?80 million more than it needs to on

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prescriptions for basic painkillers that can be sourced much more

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cheaply. Yet at the same time, secondary breast cancer patients

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face being denied life extending drugs. May I ask my right honourable

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friend to review this poor allocation of resources and give

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breast cancer sufferers the hope that they deserve? This is obviously

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an important issue that my honourable friend has raised. I

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understand that on the point of basic medication, it is in the fact

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that the NHS pays more for basic painkillers than on the high street.

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In fact, their prices are lower. In the case of the drug, it is right

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that difficult decisions are made on the basis of clinical evidence. I

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understand that Nice is undertaking a comprehensive assessment before

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making a final recommendation and in the meantime, the drug is still

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available to patients. Last month, a report was published on historical

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institutional abuse in Northern Ireland. Given the uncertain

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political institutions in Northern Ireland, if the executive is not up

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and running within a month, will the Prime Minister commit to

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implementing a report on historical institutional abuse in full? This

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was obviously an important review and of course we have our inquiry

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into historic child abuse taking place in England and Wales. I

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recognise the point the honourable gentleman makes about looking ahead

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to the future. We obviously have the elections on the 2nd of March. There

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were then be a period of time for an executive to be put together. I

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would encourage all parties to work to ensure that an executive can be

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put together in Northern Ireland to maintain the devolved institutions.

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I don't want to see the benefits that have come of progress being

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undone at this stage. I am sure that looking ahead, whatever is necessary

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will be done to ensure that the findings of that report are taken

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into account and acted on. The Prime Minister has been clear in her

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negotiating objectives as we prepare to leave the European Union. But

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with the Prime Minister agree with me that regions like the West

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Midlands, part of which I represent, needs a voice in those negotiations

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to ensure that we take the opportunities presented by Brexit to

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raise investment in education, skills and infrastructure in the

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region to ensure that her vision of a global Britain represents the

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interests of all the regions of England as well as the broader

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United Kingdom? I agree with my honourable friend. When we negotiate

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as a United Kingdom, we will be negotiating for the whole of the

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United Kingdom and taking account of all parts of the United Kingdom. We

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have ambition in terms of making the Midlands and engine for growth. It

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is about growing the region's economy and more jobs. That is why

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money has been put into funding the Birmingham rail hub, for example. Of

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course, the West Midlands will be getting a strong voice nationally

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with a directed irate elected mayor in May. I believe Andy Street will

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be a very good mayor for the West Midlands. In welcoming the

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honourable gentleman back again to the chamber, I call Mr Ronnie

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Campbell. Looking pretty slim as well, Mr Speaker! Mr Speaker, I had

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five months under the health service in Newcastle, under the auspices of

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Professor Griffiths, a marvellous surgeon. He just about saved my

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life. But there was a flip side. That is the best side of the

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national health and it has been wonderful, the service I got. But

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there is a flip side, which is what we are seeing today. We now have

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dedicated nurses who are called corridor nurses. They are in the

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corridor, looking after patients on trolleys. That is not the way we

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want our health service to run. Get your purse open and give them the

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money they want. As the Speaker said, I welcome the honourable

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gentleman to his place again in this chamber. And I commend the surgeon

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and all those who have treated him in the National Health Service that

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has enabled him to be here today and to continue his duties. As we know,

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there are surgeons, doctors, nurses and other staff up and down the NHS

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day in and day out, saving lives. We should commend them for all that

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they do. The north-east is a good example of some of the really good

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practice that we see in the National Health Service. I want to see that

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good practice being spread across the NHS across the whole country. Dr

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Sarah Wollaston. I am not alone in hearing from family 's long settled

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here in Britain who are deeply worried that they could be separated

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after we leave the European Union. I know that the Prime Minister will

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not want that to happen, and I wonder if today, she could reassure

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all our constituents that those who were born elsewhere in the European

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Union but settled here in the UK are married or in partnerships with

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British citizens, will have the right to remain? My honourable

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friend raises an issue that is of concern to members across this

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House. As she says, it is of concern to many individuals outside of this

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House who will want reassurance about their future. I want to be

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able to give that reassurance, but I do want to see the same reassurance

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for UK citizens living in the EU. But when I trigger article 50, I

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intend to make it clear that I want this to be a priority for an early

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stage of the negotiations so that we can address this issue and reassure

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the people concerned. Just two weeks ago, a 15-year-old left school and

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was stabbed four times and died. Three days earlier, a 19-year-old

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was stabbed to death in Wembley. And just a few months earlier, two of my

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young constituents were killed and the police said it was a case of

:30:22.:30:27.

mistaken identity. They were 22-year-old and a 27-year-old. Next

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week, I am eating the deputy Mayor of London to discuss this issue and

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other issues. The Prime Minister meet with me, fellow MPs and my

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borough commander to talk about this issue and the sycamore project which

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we would like to see rolled out in London and beyond?

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Can I express obviously the condolences of the whole House to

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the familiar lanes friends to all of those she referred to in her

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question who of been so brutally stabbed and attacked and suffered

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from knife attacks she refers to. Obviously this is an important

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issue. It is a particularly important issue for London but it is

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one that we want to see addressed. A lot of good work that has been done.

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I'm in the aware of the sycamore project she has referred to but

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would be happy to hear more details of it.

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From medics at Kingston Hospital to researchers at Kingston university,

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and staff at growing electronics businesses, Kingston's workforce is

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enriched by highly-skilled workers from abroad so. Can my honourable

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friend refirm after we leave the EU we'll continue to welcome

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highly-skilled worksers from the EU and beyond. I thank my honourable

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friend for his question. We are very clear that we dop want to bring the

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numbers of net migration down but we also want to ensure that the

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brightest and best are still welcome here in the United Kingdom. And

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that's why I think people want to see the UK Government making

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decisions about people who are coming here from the European Union,

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but we are very clear about the importance, as I said in my speech

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in Lancaster House, there will still be immigration from the European

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Union into the UK and we want to ensure that the brightest and best

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are able to come here. Yesterday the Brexit minister

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claimed that Parliament will have a meaningful vote on the final EU

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deal. But account Prime Minister confirm that under her plans

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Parliament will either have to accept what the Government offers or

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fall back on WTO rules? And in the event there's no deal, there'll be

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no vote at all? Isn't the reality this is just take it or leave it and

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it is not a meaningful concession, it's a con? We have been very clear.

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I said in my Lancaster House speech that there would be a vote on the

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final deal. There were a number of questions on what exactly that

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meant. We will bring forward o motion on the final agreement for

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approval by both Houses of Parliament and before the final

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agreement is concluded. We do expect. I know this has been an

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issue for a number of honourable and right honourable members. We do

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expect and intend that will happen before the European Parliament

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debate before it votes and debates on the final agreement.

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As the Prime Minister knows, Trafford Schools are the best in the

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country. But they are also in one of the F40 worst-funded areas but

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perversely the draft funding formula would actually cut funding to are

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Trafford Schools not increase T when she reviews the draft proposals l

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she look, please for a new formula that guarantees that all of the

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worst-funded areas are increased in funding, not cut? My honourable

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friend raises, again, an important point that I know is a matter which

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is on the minds of a number of honourable and right honourable

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friends. As I said earlier, I think the current system of funding is

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unfair, it is not transparent. I think it is out of date. I want to

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see a session at the that does support our aspiration to ensure

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that every child has a good school place. But, in looking at these

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reforms I can assure my honourable friend that we want to get this

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right. It is why we are consulting and why we will look very closely at

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the responses to that consultation. Thank you very much, Mr Speaker.

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Npower have announced a 9.8% increase on dual fuel bills which

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even the former boss, the former tsar has described as shocking. EDS

:34:39.:34:43.

announced a 8.4% electricity hike and it is reported that British Gas

:34:44.:34:47.

is preparing its 11 million customs tomorrow Merse for a 9% increase.

:34:48.:34:53.

Ofgem has moved to protect those on prepayment ministers with a cap on

:34:54.:34:57.

energy bills. I ask the Prime Minister why doesn't she demand

:34:58.:35:01.

similar protection for the majority of customs Merse who are being

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ripped off as the CMA has said to the sum of ?1.4 billion. The Right

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Honourable lady might have missed the fact that where we have said

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that markets aren't working we will look at the measures needed and the

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energy market is one we are looking at at the moment. In the spirit of

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neutrality. The Prime Minister's Lancaster House was a call to put

:35:32.:35:34.

the divisions behind us. Does my right honourable friend agree that

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this is a vision that everyone in the House should support, that the

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more united we are, the stronger our negotiating position will be. THE

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SPEAKER: The honourable gentleman must be concerned. Does she share my

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surprise that certain members opposite that disagreeing with their

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current party leader, can cause headaches, that some may not have

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learned. Can I say to my honourable friend,

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he is absolutely right that I think the country wants us, in this House,

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and everybody in the country, wants to unite behind the Government's

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work to ensure that we get the best-possible deal for the UK, as we

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leave the European Union, and I believe that we can get a deal that

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actually is going to be in the interests both of the UK and of the

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European Union. I had hoped that I was going to be able to welcome the

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Shadow Home Secretary to the front bench in time for the vote that's

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going to take place later tonight. Perhaps members of the Labour Party

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are starting to realise the only real headache is their leader. Thank

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you, very much, Mr Speaker. Does the Prime Minister agree with

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the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation that if Britain

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were to leave the EU on WTO terms, it would cost ?9 billion in lost

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trade each year? What we want to do is to ensure that we negotiate a

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deal with the European Union that enables us to have the best-possible

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deal in trading with and operating within the European Union single

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market in goods and services. I believe that's possible, precisely

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because, as I have just said n response to my honourable friend the

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member for Lincoln, I believe that is a deal that is good, not just for

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but for the EU as well. The Prime Minister rightly argues

:37:33.:37:42.

for true parity of esteem between mental and physical health but

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parent in York have been sold that their children must wait up to a

:37:46.:37:52.

year for an assessment by the child, now adolescent mentalhealth

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services. As the Department of Health actually does not currently

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record these figures, would the Prime Minister consider making the

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monitoring fted waiting times a requirement? My honourable friend

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has raised an important point. As I set out a few weeks ago, the

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Government will be reviewing the separation of CAMs services across

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the country because I recognise some of the concerns that honourable

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members have made. We want to ensure that children and young people have

:38:18.:38:20.

easy access at the right time to mental health because of the

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evidence that a significant proportion of mental health problems

:38:23.:38:29.

that arise later in life actually sta of children and adolescents. We

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have made more money available to support transformation in children

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and young peep's mental health but the Shadow Health Secretary - sorry,

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the Health Secretary... -- young people's mental health.

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He is in his place as well. I haute Shadow Health Secretary will

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agree with me we need to review CAM services and are giving the right

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support to children and young people, adolescents with mental

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health problems and we'll look at the issue my honourable friend has

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raised. Many honourable members in this

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House have recently made the long journey up to West Cumbria for the

:39:10.:39:14.

by-election and we've all experienced the states of our roads

:39:15.:39:20.

and local railways. It's taken a by-election for transport ministers

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to look seriously and show any real interest in this. Can I is ask, is

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the Prime Minister planning a trip herself, so she too can experience

:39:30.:39:33.

why we need proper investment from this Government into our transport

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infrastructure in West Cumbria? We are putting more money, the

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Government is putting more money into infrastructure investment

:39:40.:39:42.

across the country but you have to say to her, the Labour Party had 13

:39:43.:39:46.

years to improve transport in West Cumbria and didn't do anything about

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it. Thank you, Mr Speaker. I recently visited a world class

:39:57.:40:00.

coach-building manufacture based in my constituent and heard about their

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exciting plans for the future. With my right honourable friend join me

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in emphasising the importance of skills and manufacturing for our

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economy, especially as we look to leave the European Union? Can I

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thank my honourable friend for drawing our attention to the example

:40:17.:40:23.

of Woodall Nicholson and say how pleased we are to hear they have

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good plans for the future. Can I say he is right, as we leave the EU we

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will be doing that from a position of strength. He is right that skills

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and manufacturing are an important of our economy for the future that's

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why in the industrial strategy we are looking at how we can develop

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the excellence we already have in the UK, for the prosperous, growing

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economy for the future. Thank you, Mr Speaker. The Prime

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Minister's right honourable friend, the member for Rushcliffe last week

:40:51.:40:56.

pointed out that her aspiration to achieve barrier-free tariff-free

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trade with the single market, getting all the benefits but paying

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none of the cost, was actually akin to disappearing down the rabbit hole

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to wonderland. Mr Speaker, I think she makes a very interesting choice

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for Alice. But, if she doesn't manage to achieve that Higham Biggs,

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would she produce an analysis of what trading on WTO rules would

:41:25.:41:29.

actually mean for our economy, so we can make a proper choice? Can I say

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I commend my right honourable friend the member for Rushcliffe for the

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significant service he has given to this House and his constituents over

:41:41.:41:45.

the years. He and I have have worked well over a number of years although

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I have to say when I was Home Secretary and he was Justice

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Secretary, I used to say that I locked him up and he let them out.

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Can I say to the Right Honourable lady, as far as this Government is

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concerned, we believe it is possible within the two-year time frame to

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get the agreement, not just for our withdrawal from the European Union,

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but also the trade arrangements that will ensure that we have a strong,

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strategic partnership with the European Union in the future.

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In my right honourable friend's meeting with Binyamin Netanyahu this

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week, did she press the only way to get a lasting peace settlement is

:42:30.:42:33.

for young Palestinians and Israelis to look Ford to a job, a sharing

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prosperity and a life without fear, does she agree the only way to

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achieve this is face-to-face negotiations? And will she join the

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Israeli Prime Minister in pressing the Prime Minister of the

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Palestinian authorities for face-to-face negotiations? My right

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honourable friend does make a very important point about this. We

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continue as a Government a Conservative Government in the UK to

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believe that the two-state solution is a right one. That means a viable

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Palestinian state but also a safe and secure Israel. And, of course,

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it is for the parties to negotiate. Obviously there are others on the

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international arena who are doing their work to facilitate an

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agreement in the Middle East. But, ultimately it is for the two parties

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to agree a way forward. THE SPEAKER: Order.

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