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Hello and welcome to BBC Parliament's live coverage from the


House of Commons. In half an hour, Theresa May will face the Labour


leader Jeremy Corbyn and also other people's questioned a Prime


Minister's Questions. Also the violins imprisons and the funding


arrangements for schools in the UK. Kearney at -- join me later. Also we


will talk to the Welsh Secretary Alun Kearns. But first the Speaker


will talk about the bill. Although, the clerk will now read the title.


Faversham Oyster fishery. The question is that the Bill be read a


second time. Everybody say I know. The iMac has it. Questions from the


Secretary of State for Wales. This Government recognises that


delivering world-class infrastructure in the ... I hold


regular meetings to issues relating to Wales. I think we should bring


together stakeholders for the better in fermentation for working in


partnership to improve more for businesses in Wales. The Mr Speaker.


I notice he fails to mention the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon report. The


six month independent review could not have been more conclusive.


Moving ahead with a pathfinder at Swansea Bay as soon as reasonably


practical is a no regrets policy. There may be much to digester nerve


review, but there are no grounds to delay that industry. Can he tell is


when the Government will give the green light to this? Thank you. I'm


delighted to say that Charles Henry is already in Swansea looking about


his report. The report was competitive and detailed in terms of


the issues regarding the tidal lagoon. I'm sure you will agree with


me that any decision must be good for the taxpayer and for the end


user as well. The Minister will be aware of the campaign by the daily


Post newspaper to improve mobile phone not spots. Clay ask what he is


-- can I ask what is to improve data for phones? I'm grateful for these


question. I would pay tribute to the daily Post a campaign in northern


Wales which has highlighted this issue. This is one of the reasons I


was keen to convene a summit of mobile opponent in the Mac phone


providers and find out how we can practically more providers. One of


the key issues for example is the planning regime in Wales which can


be much more flexible in relation to the money being invested in Wales


goes much further and deals with those not spots in all parts of


Wales, either rural city. Thank you. EU structural funding has really


helped improve key road routes across Wales. Once we have left the


European Union, can the Minister confirmed the equivalent funding for


projects like renewing the heads and the valleys road will continue?


Well, again I thank you for your question. In your constituency,


there has been clear impact in terms of the EU funding. Investments in


the road and relative. The metro scheme will be generating ?106


million in support from European funds. It should be remembered that


that scheme is also supporting ?500 million from the Government. The


assurance I can give is that it will put in place a framework to Wales


which will be fair and sustainable. It is for percent of Conservative


councillors, a former Conservative energy minister, both worlds energy


minister sitting opposite and the Conservative Party manifesto also


bought the Swansea tidal lagoon project. I notice that the Minister


failed to answer the question. I will give him another opportunity.


When will you kick-start the tidal lagoon project I'm grateful for the


question, but I will restate that this decision is a decision which


will be made across Government. There are other departments will


have to look at this issue. I'm sure that you will agree that in an age


where we are seeing industry in Wales worry about the cost of


energy, it must be good for the Swansea, the lagoon, the taxpayer,


the energy user in Wales. Last week and whence Mr Hall, -- Westminster


Hall, bank loans will be supported by guarantee from the Treasury when


we leave you. Can the Secretary of State or Minister tell the house


what benefit European investment bank has brought to Wales and how


much it has invested in Wales over the last ten years? I am sure the


honourable Lady will join me in highlighting the success of the


Swansea campus development in the investment bank context. I will sure


you will also join me to paying tribute to the Treasury and the


Chancellor of the Exchequer for securing and guaranteeing EU funding


is up to the point that EU funding -- departure from the union. This


Government has delivered a degree of protection for funding in Wales.


There will be further announcements made in relation to further funding.


With permission, I will answer questions two and five together. The


UK including Wales remains the same outward looking globally minded


country we have always been and to further support Wales's


International business links, I'm pleased to announce I will be


hosting a Wales business Summit in Cardiff during early March to ensure


businesses in Wales have full access to UK Government support. The


Republic of Ireland is of course one of Wales most important trading


partners with around 360,000 trucks passing through Welsh sports to


Ireland every year. Can I encourage my honourable friend to really get


involved in the discussions about future UK, Irish border and custom


controls to make sure that it upholds the peace process in the


north and also aids Wales with the lack of checks. You are a true


champion of the poor in Milford Haven. The benefits it brings to the


Welsh and the UK economy and it has paid a significant part in


developing it. As renegotiate our exit from the European Union and the


special situation between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Island,


the well situation is not ignored every joint ministerial committee


has recognised -- been recognised not only by the Secretary of State


but also by the Prime Minister. Given the first-class universities


in Wales including my own, will my right honourable friend confirmed


that he will highlight direct butties as part of their assessment


of international business links? That is an important point. I


mentioned that the joint ministerial committee involving the devolved


administrations plays an important part, but that does not mean that


universities themselves for example will have a part to play with the


negotiations of exiting European Union. I spoke to the Vice


Chancellor of Cardiff University last week and I'm happy to maintain


a close relationship with my honourable friend is to make sure


that all university to cross the whole of the United Kingdom have


their say as we negotiate to accept the European union. That response


was not good enough. We have had the same response of the question for


some time. We're going to have a common travel area. It is going to


impact heavily on Welsh ports. Will the Secretary of State but the case


for Welsh ports and Welsh members of Parliament so we can have a Welsh


dimension to this important trade? I'm grateful for the honourable


member for highlighting the issue relating to Holyhead, that has also


been taken into consideration in the discussions that we have cost about


half the honourable member and any colleagues he wishes to bring along.


The issue to Holyhead and Milford Haven is absolutely important to the


Welsh and the UK economy and it has common issues that relate to


Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We want to make sure that


we get a deal that works for all situations. I'm through pleased that


the Secretary of State mentioned universities it is response about


international business links. Is he aware of the profound concern that


most value elite mag vice chancellors including the Wrexham


had has about the impact of changes of the migration rules are going to


have of students from within the EU and outside the EU and will he


discuss this in detail with them? And grateful to the honourable


member for the question. As well as the universities I have highlighted


already, I am in close engagements with universities in Wales are


reputable universities. I'm happy to read any of the Vice chancellors


about the situation. Many assumptions have been made around


migration controls, it is in our interests to ensure the universities


can prosper. Immigration or migration of international students


are an important part of their model. Controlling immigration does


not mean stopping immigration. I'm glad there is concentration on


universities and answers to this. You'll be aware that just after the


Mac before Christmas the Cardiff School of chemistry was formally


awarded the title of Regent Professor of chemistry. Recognising


exceptionally high quality of research done at Cardiff University.


What is he doing about making sure our institutions and professors get


these accolades and we can stand alone international stage? My


honourable friend makes an important point in relation to the success of


the role of universities. The UK Government has a part of their


recognising in championing that as well as using UK money. He is also


right to highlight the new professor Bill was awarded to Cardiff


University, that underlines how chemistry was successful. We are


keen to make sure that we play Nicole Lee Mack global stage. -- we


play on a global stage. Will he not rule out a trade defence mechanism


for steel if that is what is required for steel worker's jobs? I


think the honourable member for raising the steel industry. It is an


important industry for communities in Wales. It is of strategic


importance in the whole of the United Kingdom. Last week, I met all


of the unions relating to steal. We discussed the challenges that exist


and how the company and the pension trustees and the pensioners as well


as employees of the steelworks need to work their way through and the


Government stands ready to support the industry. We are determined to


find a long-term, sustainable future for the steel industry and I


recognise the importance of the delete Matt Wells and the UK.


This government has put in place and industrial strategy that will work


for all people in every corner of the UK. Wales is home to world


leading sectors. We are committed to building on our strengths to create


an economy where everyone can share the benefits of our economic


success. One of the most important themes of the government 's


industrial strategy is the determination to ensure all nations


and regions of the UK can benefit from economic prosperity. An


important aspect is science and research. It offers real potential


for businesses in Wales to prosper and create jobs. I absolutely agree.


In terms of the importance of investing in skills and high-tech


industries in the Welsh context. Our university sector, I know, stand


ready to support the Welsh economy to ensure we have those skills in


moving forward. What representations has the Minister made regarding


placing steel at the heart of its industrial strategy and how will the


UK Government support the innovative products and projects coming out of


Swansea University that picture -- future proofed steel-making for many


generations? I am grateful for the question. As my right honourable


friend stated previously, he recently met with the trade unions


in relation to the steel sector. One of my first visits as a minister was


to the Tata Steel plant in Deeside. We importance the importance of


steel to Wales. This government has been unyielding in its support of


the steel industry in Wales. The UK has lacked a strategic approach for


many years and Wales has suffered as a result. What specific message --


measures in the government 's industrial strategy will be brought


in to help Wales? I think it is important to state the industrial


straight win of the state must be a partnership between the two


governments that Wales has. Wales will see it self prosper if the two


governments work together. The two governments are working together to


ensure the best for Wales in terms of industrial strategy and


developing new opportunities for the people of Wales. As the Minister has


said, we have many employed -- important employers on Deeside but


we also have many important companies in the supply chain who


are very important and we have got to encourage those and four more to


come post Brexit. I agree entirely. Deeside is a great success story, in


terms of the UK economy, not just the Welsh economy but he is


absolutely right, we need to build on that success by drawing in more


investment and that is why the Secretary of State and myself will


be holding a summit in the near future. Will he make sure that this


is part of an industrial strategy for Wales because we don't have


enough people in this country to complete the work, we need to get


every academy in every constituency in the land to have young people to


work in this building? I will not comment on the issue of the


refurbishment of this palace. But I agree entirely in terms of the


importance of getting skills which are relevant to the fabric of


buildings in Wales, historic buildings especially and that is why


I pay tribute to the college which is training not just with building


skills by traditional skills as well.


We are determined to get the best deal on leaving the European Union


and we want a world leading food and farming industry and the cleanest


health environment for generations. Agriculture is a devolved sector.


Thank you, Mr Speaker. Thank you for that. Can he confirm if once the UK


leaves the European Union that policy and funding aspects of


agriculture will be devolved to the regions or will that policy remains


here for the United Kingdom government? It is certainly the case


that agriculture policy is currently devolved. There will be repatriated


not powers from Westminster to bash from Brussels to West Mr. There is a


positive discussion between Westminster and Welsh Government in


relation to where powers will I. What I am saying quite categorically


is that partnership is essential for the success of agriculture and that


partnership must be constructive and objective in terms of what works for


the farming industry in Wales and the UK. Many of my constituents farm


cross-border and produce excellent high-quality British agricultural


produce. What steps has the Minister taken to make sure the widest


possible market access for that produce post Brexit? Again, I agree


entirely with my honourable friend who knows the agricultural sector in


North Wales and Cheshire extremely well and understands the


cross-border nature of any farming in Wales. I think the key point is


that we must be aware of the fact that we do have a great product to


offer the arrest of the world and it is essential that we go out and sell


the product. That is why we are forging a close relationship with


the Secretary of State for foreign trade. It is essential that we grow


the markets rather than be defensive about the issue. Isn't this


wonderful opportunity to reform agricultural subsidies, to decouple


Wales from the system in England, not as they are awarded in Wales for


producing food and shouldn't we end the system of paying millionaires


and billionaires up to ?1 million each a year while Welsh farmers have


to struggle with small subsidies? Should we have Welsh policies for


Welsh farmers? The aim of this government is to ensure that we have


a farming policy that will be right for the UK and right for Wales. I


have to say however that the honourable gentleman was much more


positive about our farming industry in the debate and I agreed with his


comments at that debate that it is essential that we support the


farming industry in Wales whilst moving forward following our


from the European Union. Does the from the European Union. Does the


Minister agree that Brexit gives us the opportunity to set a new


agricultural policy in Wales, starting with positive changes to


cap? I entirely agree with my honourable friend. In view of the


fact that we have decided to leave the European Union, it is essential


now that we develop an agricultural system which works for farmers in


Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom. One of the issues at the


Common agricultural policy was guilty of was the fossilisation of


Welsh farming because it was encouraging people not to retire. It


is essential that we look at some of the problems created by that policy


whilst we are designing a new system for Wales. As well as the Welsh


agricultural sector, 68% of Welsh exports go to the European Union, so


perhaps the Minister can tell is this afternoon how it is that


leaving the single market and the Customs unit will lead to a better


deal for Welsh exporters? The honourable gentleman is right in


terms of the percentage of Welsh exports which go to the European


Union but I think he should realise that access to the single market is


what is now crucial. It is very clear we will not be members of the


single market. That was apparent as a result of the European Union


leaving decision but we need to negotiate as good an access deal


with European Union as possible and I think that will be possible in due


course. Last Friday I visited a Farmers Union of Wales meeting. Only


three years from now, Welsh farmers as a sector face a perfect storm.


Can the Minister reveal what transitional arrangements have been


put in place to safeguard the rural economy? I thank the honourable lady


for her question and the use of the phrase perfect storm. I would have


to reassure the honourable lady that the issue should be about access to


the single market and whilst the Farmers Union of Wales have


expressed their concern at the decision to leave the single market,


my meetings with the farming unions in Wales have highlighted access to


the single market as being the crucial issue for Welsh farmers.


During Welsh questions last April, the Parliamentary undersecretary for


state for Wales said the... Shows how important that market is. 90% of


Welsh agricultural produce is exported to the European Union and


we should not risk that. Given those comments could he explain why his


government wishes to leave the single market? At risk of repeating


myself once again, the honourable member is right, 90% of Welsh


farming exports go to the European Union. He is correct in saying that.


This is why I have repeatedly stated that the issue that farmers in Wales


are concerned about is access to the single market. That is the issue


that will make a difference to Welsh farmers and that is what we will be


working towards. With permission, I will answer


questions six, seven and nine together. Since the vote to leave


the European Union, we have seen unemployment hit record highs and


there are now 4000 fewer people unemployed than six months ago.


Trade with European Union is important to Wales but it is clear


we need to increase our trade with the fastest growing markets across


the world. It is time for Wales like Britain to rediscover its role as a


great global training nation. -- trading nation.


Hopefully the whole chamber will celebrate Robert Burns today. This


week, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Government published a white part --


White paper outlining their concerns on Wales leaving the European Union.


What actions will the UK Government take to address the concerns raised


by the two largest parties in the Welsh Parliament? The Prime Minister


was awaiting the document that came from the Welsh Government. It was


received on Monday. Of course, we will work through the detail and it


will be subject to a discussion at the joint ministerial committee of


European negotiations. That is the right place for it to be considered


and discussed. But much of the access in that language and


accessing the single market is not incompatible with that mentioned by


my right honourable friend, the primers. That's Prime Minister.


The Scottish parliament will also vote on... Doesn't the Minister


agree that any spirit of democracy, it is the devolved government the


best place to determine the future for the people living and working in


our nations? We would like to hear the reply. The legislative consent


motion of course should be a matter for the devolved administrations,


where they choose to table when or not. I would say that the approach


that my right honourable friend the Prime Minister and the government as


a whole is taking is to engage positively with the devolved


administrations, with the Scottish Government and Northern Ireland


executive, and rightly with the Welsh Government but of course we


will also want to engage with other stakeholders in the nations as well.


North Wales has been designated the central maintenance sector for all


European F 35 fighters. Can the Minister assure this house that the


aerospace companies in North Wales will be given the same assurances as


Nissan that leaving the single market will not result in the loss


of access to European skilled work? I am delighted that the honourable


member highlighted the success of Sealand in winning the F 35


contract. It will be the global repair her. I was there just on


Monday celebrating and recognising the effects and the impact that


employees had therein winning that global contract. The significance


should not be understated. It offers positive prospects for the supply


chain and for that centre for decades to come. The Prime Minister


has talked of a bold new trading relationship with New Zealand. Can I


ask the Minister to relate to the Prime Minister the concern of many


Welsh farmers, genuinely concerned that they are losing potentially


access to the biggest market on the continent in favour of a market on


the other side of the world, a direct competitor? Welsh produce,


Welsh lamb and beef in particular, is world leading and there are great


opportunities as we exit the European Union to explore and


exploit new markets. Her beaky Cymru recognises the ?20 million that can


be brought to from accessing the North American market. My right


honourable friend the Prime Minister will put Britain first in any


negotiations. I am not seeking a running commentary or any detail but


a special deal was cut for the car industry in the north-east. Did he


seek a similar deal for the car industry in Wales? I don't recognise


the basis of the question. The automotive sector is exceptionally


strong in Wales, partly as a result of the Nissan contract in Sunderland


where many of the supplier companies are based in Wales. I would also


draw attention to the great success at my right honourable friend the


Secretary of State for Defence played in bringing Aston Martin to


Wales. It is a fantastic success on that MOD base and something we


should recognise and celebrate. Up to 200,000 jobs in Wales depend on


our membership of the European Union and the single market and the


customs union. I am not going to go through every sector but will he be


seeking sectoral deals for important part of the Welsh economy as we


leave the European Union? Mr Speaker, it is clear we want to get


the best deal for the whole of the United Kingdom, we want to ensure


that the market within the United Kingdom works effectively. After


all, the most important market to Wales is the market from within the


United Kingdom but he can take confidence in that Wales has been


the fastest-growing economy outside London since 2010 and that is on the


back of this government 's policies and success. We are visited today by


the speaker of the Burnie 's parliament and he's


I am sure the whole House will wish to join me in welcoming Mr Speaker


and his colleagues. Order, questions to the Prime Minister, Helen Jones!


Number one, Sir. The Prime Minister. As the response from the whole House


showed, we do indeed all welcome the Speaker of the Burmese Parliament


and his colleagues to see our deliberations today. I am also sure


that the whole house will join me in sending our thoughts to the police


officer who was shot in Belfast over the weekend, and to his friends and


family. PSNI do a superb job in keeping us set and secure. Mr


Speaker, this morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and


others. In a addition to my duties in this house, I will further such


meetings, and later this week I will travel to the United States for with


President Trump. May I join the Prime Minister in sending good


wishes to the police officer who was shot in Belfast? They are the best


strikers on social mobility, 99% are rated good or outstanding, and 65%


of their places are in the most deprived areas of this country. So


why is the Prime Minister introducing cuts that threatened the


very existence of maintained nursery schools? When it comes to social


mobility, her actions speak far louder than her words. I want to


ensure, and this Government wants to ensure, that we see good quality


education at every age and at every stage for children in this country.


That is why we are looking at improving the number of good school


places, budget talks about my record, speaking louder than words.


Can I just point out to the honourable lady that I was very


proud, as chairman of an education authority in London in the 1990s, to


introduce nursery school places for every three and four -year-old whose


parents wanted one? The Prime Minister laid out a clear and bold


plan for Brexit in her speech last week. Honourable... Honourable


members... Honourable members, quite rightly, want an opportunity to


scrutinise that plan. Does the Prime Minister agree that the best way of


facilitating that scrutiny would be a government white paper, laying out


the vision for a global Britain, based on free trade, in goods and


services, that will be to the benefit of ours and other European


countries? Well, my honourable friend raises the question of


Parliamentary scrutiny. I have been clear, as have senior ministers,


that we will ensure that Parliament has every opportunity to provide


that scrutiny on this issue as we go through this process. By directing


nice, I set out that bold plan for a global Britain last week, and I


recognise there is an opportunity for a white paper. My honourable


friend's question, I can confirm to the House that our plan will be set


out in a white paper. Jeremy Corbyn! Mr Speaker, I joined the Prime


Minister in condolences, in expressing condolences, I am sure,


the whole House to the family of the police officer who lost his life


over the weekend in Northern Ireland. Mr Speaker, the Prime


Minister has wasted 80 days between the time of the original judgment


and the appeal, and is now finally admitting today, after pressure from


all sides, that there is going to be a date paper. Could we know when


this white paper is going to be available to us? And why it has


taken so long to get it? LAUGHTER


Prime Minister! Can I say to the right honourable gentleman, he asked


for debates, I was very clear there will always be debates in this


House, and there will continue to be. The asked for votes, the House


voted overwhelmingly for the Government to trigger Article 50


before the end of March this year. He asked for a plan, I set out, as


my honourable friend for Croydon South said, a clear plan for a bold


future for Britain. He and others ask for a white paper, I have been


clear there will be a white paper. But I am also clear that the right


honourable gentleman always ask about process, about the means to


the end. I and this government are focusing on the outcomes. We are


focusing... We are focusing on a truly global Britain, building a


stronger future for this country, the right deal for Britain and


Britain out of the European Union. Jeremy Corbyn! Mr Speaker, I


question wasn't complicated, it's just asked when the white paper will


come out! And will it be published before or at the same time as the


bill that is apparently about to be published? Mr Speaker, last week, I


asked the Prime Minister repeatedly to clarify whether her government is


prepared to pay to secure tariff free access to the single European


market. She repeatedly refused to answer the question, so I will ask


again. Is there a government ruling out paying a fee for tariff free


access to the single market, or the bespoke Customs union that she


outlined also in a speech? Than I first of all say to the right


honourable gentleman, in his reference to the timing issue, these


are two separate issues. The House has overwhelmingly voted that


Article 50 should be triggered before the end of March 2017,


following the Supreme Court judgment a bill will be provided for this


House, and there will be the proper debate in this chamber and another


place on that bill. There is then the separate question of publishing


the plan that I have set out, a bold vision for Britain for the future. I


will do that in a white paper, and the right honourable gentleman knows


that one of our objectives is the best possible free trade arrangement


with the European Union, and that is what we will be negotiating for.


Jeremy Corbyn! Some of this is very worrying too many people in this


House, but more importantly it is worrying to many others. For


instance, the chief executive of Nissan was given assurances about


future trade arrangements with Europe but now says they will have


to re-evaluate the situation about their investments in Britain. The


Prime Minister, Mr Speaker, is threatening the EU that unless they


give in to her demands, she will turn Britain into a bargain basement


stacks save and off the coast of Europe. -- bargain basement tax


haven. We on this side of the House are very well aware of the


consequences that would have, the damage it would do two jobs and


living standards and our public services. Is she now going to rule


out the bargain basement thread that was in his speech at Lancaster


House? Prime Minister! I expect us to get a good deal in trading


relationships with the European Union, but I am clear we will not


sign up to a bad deal for the United Kingdom, and as to the threats that


the right parable gentleman claims about what might happen, and he


often talks about this, he uses those phrases, talking about


workers' rights, perhaps he should listen to his former colleague, the


Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who has today said, to give credit to the


Government, I don't think they want to weaken workers' rights, and he


goes on to say, I have Cena evidence from the conversations I have had


with senior members of the government that that is their


aspiration or their intention or something they want to do. -- I have


seen no evidence. As usual with Labour, the right hand is not


talking to the far left! Jeremy Corbyn! Mr Speaker... Mr Speaker,


the... The evidence of what the Tory party and this government really


thinks about workers' rights was there for all to see yesterday. A


private member's bill under the ten minute rule by a Tory MP to tear up


parts of the international labour organisation Convention, talking


down my friend the member for Grimsby's built to protect European


workers' rights that have been attained in this country. That is


the real agenda of the Tory party! Mr Speaker, what the Prime Minister


is doing is petted -- petulantly aiming threats about a bargain


basement Britain, is a priority the struggling NHS, those denied social


care, children having funding cut, or once again be the cuts in big


business taxation to make the rich even better off? Prime Minister! I


would simply remind the right honourable gentleman on the issue of


workers' rights that I have been very clear that this government will


protect workers' rights, indeed we have a review of modern employment


law to ensure that legislation is keeping up with the modern labour


market. One of the objectives I set out in my plan for our negotiating


objectives was to protect workers' rights, but he talks about threats


to public services. I will tell him what the threat to public services


would be, a Labour government borrowing 500 million extra! That


would destroy our economy and mean no funding for our public services.


Jeremy Corbyn! The threat to workers' rights, Mr Speaker, is


there every day. Six million and in less than the living wage, many


people, nearly a million, on zero hours contracts, no protection


offered by this government. They are offering, once again, the bargain


basement alternative. Will the Prime Minister, Mr Speaker, take this


opportunity today to congratulate the 100,000 people who marched in


Britain last weekend to highlight women's rights after President


Trump's inauguration and express their concerns about his misogyny?


Because many have concerns, Mr Speaker, that in her forthcoming


meeting with President Trump, she will be prepared to offer up. Five


is -- to offer up for sacrifice the opportunity for American companies


to take over part of our NHS or our public services. Will she assure the


House that in any trade deal none of those things will be offered up as a


bargaining chip? Prime Minister! Again, I would point out to the


honourable gentleman that this government introduced the national


living wage. This government has made changes to 0-hours contracts.


But on the issue of my visit to the United States of America, on the


issue of my visit, I am pleased that I am able to meet President Trump so


early in his administration. That is a sign of the strength of the


special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States


of America, a special relationship on which he and I intend to build.


But can I also say to the Leader of the Opposition, I am not afraid to


speak frankly to a President of the United States. I am able to do that


because we have that special relationship. A special relationship


that he would never have with the United States. Jeremy Corbyn! Mr


Speaker, we would never allow Britain to be sold off on the cheap.


How confident is she of getting a good deal for global Britain from a


president who wants to put America first, by American and build a wall


between his country and Mexico? Mr Speaker, Article 50 wasn't about a


court judgments against this government, what is signified was


the bad judgment of this government, the bad judgment of prioritising


corporate tax cuts overinvestment in national health and social care. The


bad judgment of threatening European partners whilst offering a blank


cheque to President Trump! The bad judgment of wanting to turn Britain


into a bargain basement tax haven. So will she offers some clarity and


some certainty and withdraw the threats to destroy the social


structure of this country by turning us into the bargain basement that


she clearly threatens? We will be out around the world with


the EU Americans and other countries negotiating good trade deals for


this country to bring prosperity. The right honourable gentleman wants


to talk about Brexit. I have to say to him, he is the leader of the


party, he can not agree with his Shadow Chancellor about Brexit. The


Shadow Chancellor can't agree with the shadow Brexit secretary, the


shadow Brexit secretary disagrees with the Shadow Home Secretary and


the Shadow Home Secretary has to read up the leader and tell him to


change his mind. He talks about us standing up for Britain, they can't


speak for themselves, they'll never speak for Britain. SHOUTING AND


JEERS Thank you Mr Speaker, on 27th


December, another young woman lost her life driving through the West


Country on the A303. In the past decade more than 1,000 people have


been killed or injured on that road. For 40 years governments have


promised to dual the lethal parts of the road where they become two and


three with no central reservation. The queues on the road are also


legendary. I know the Government is comuted to an upgrade but can the


Prime Minister assure us that the proposed tunnel at Stonehenge will


not hold up essential work elsewhere and we'll soon see cones on the road


and spades in the ground? Well my honourable friend raises an


important issue. He is absolutely right to do that. I can assure him


we are working generally to improve the safety of our roads. He refers


specifically to the issue of the A303 and the tragic incident that


happened on 27th December. We've committed to creating a dual


carriageway on the A303 from the M3 to M5. I understand highways England


have launched a a consultation into the route under Stonehenge and my


honourable friend will want to look closely at this issue. This is all


part of our ?2 billion investment in road improvement that will improve


connections in the south-west but I can assure him that we have road


safety at the forefront of our mind. I begin by wishing everybody a very


happy Burns Day and of course extending congratulations to the


Scotsman newspaper which is celebrating its by centenary today.


Yesterday ... To Brexit. So, in the spirit of progress for Parliament,


in advance of meeting President Trump, will the Prime Minister tell


Parliament what she wants to achieve in a UK-US trade deal? Can I join


the right honourable gentleman in his good wishes for a happy Burn's


Day to everybody and also in recognising the by centenary of the


Scotsman. I'm sure everybody in the house would join me in that. What we


want to achieve in terms of our arrangements with the United States?


It is very simple. We want to achieve an arrangement that ensures


the interests of the United Kingdom are put first and that is what I


will be doing, and we see a trade arrangement, as we will be looking


for, from other parts of the world, to bring prosperity and growth to


the UK and my aim for this Government is to ensure that economy


works for everybody in every part of the UK. ! The European Union, which


we are still part of, has amongst the highest food safety standards


anywhere in the world. And we are proud on our continent to have


public national health systems. The United States, on the other hand, is


keen to have health systems which are fully open to private


competition. They want to export genetically modified organisms, beef


raised with growth hormones and chicken meat washed with chlorinated


water. Will the Prime Minister tell President Trump that she is not


prepared to lower our food and safety standards, or to open health


systems for privatisation, or does she believe that this is the price


worth paying for a UK-US trade deal? We will be looking for a UK-US trade


deal Thame proves trade between our two countries that will bring


prosperity and growth to this country, that will ensure we can


bring jobs to this country as well. I can assure the right honourable


gentleman in doing, that we will put UK interests and UK values first.


Thank you, Mr Speaker, historic per capita spending in our region,


including Yorkshire, when compared to London is up to 40% lower for our


local authorities, up to 50% lower for our schools and up to 60% lower


for transport prospects. Does the Prime Minister agree that if we want


to build a country that works for everyone, we need a fair funding


deal that works for everyone? I see the issues my honourable friend has


raised. I can assure him our commitment in relation to the


northern parts of England, including Yorkshire, is absolutely clear. We


want business growth across the north. We are backing the northern


powerhouse to help the great cities and towns of the north pool their


strength and take on the world. Yorkshire LETs have received an


additional ?156 million in Government funding this week and we


are spending a record ?15 billion on transport across north. As a result


there are more people in Yorkshire in Humber this the work than


everybody before and employments rates are at a record high. Good


news for the region and for the economy as a whole The European


Medicines Agency provides a single drug licencing system for 500


million people and results in the UK having drugs licensed six to 127


months ahead of countries like Canada and Australia. Yesterday the


Health Secretary stated that the UK will not be in the EMA. Can the


Prime Minister confirm this and explain how she'll prevent delayed


drug access for UK patients? Well, there are a number of organisations


that we are part of as members of the European Union and as part of


the work that we are doing to look at the United Kingdom in the future


when we have left the European Union, we will look at the


arrangements we can put in place to relation to those issues. We want to


ensure that we continue to have, the pharmaceutical industry in this


country is a very important part ever of our economy as are the


ability of people to access these new drugs, I can assure the


honourable lady we are looking seriously at this and will ensure we


have the arrangements we need Too few British intren airs are


connecting with the capital they need to start and grow. As part of


her industrial sfreedge, which will be looking at access to capital,


will the Prime Minister order a view of the enterprise investment scheme


and the seed investment scheme in the hope they can be simplified,


helping to achieve the pools of buccaneering capital that British


industry needs? My honourable friend raises an important issue and he has


long been a champion of intren airships in this country. . I can


tell him we are committed to providing the best possible... There


is a panel that is looking at barriers that exist in long-term


investment and we are also increasing investment from venture


capital by the British business banks by ?4700 million and that will


un-- ?400 million which will unlock new finance. The Treasury will


publish a consultation in the spring looking at these issues I'm sure my


honourable friend willp wanted to sponchtsd four-and-a-half years ago


my constituents were on a family holiday on the Greek island of Zante


when their son Jamie was hit answer killed by a speeding motor bike. It


was his ninth birthday. The rider was convicted but has appealed


against his sentence and to date remains a free man. Will the Prime


Minister agree to meet with Chris and Lidya to discuss how they can


finally secure justice for Jamie? Can I say to the honourable lady I'm


very happy to look at this case. I mean it is a tragic case she has


described and our thoughts must be with Chris and Lidya at the terrible


loss that they have experienced. To the issues of what is happening in


terms of the Greek Criminal Justice System, of course that is a matter


for the Greek authorities. But we will, I will look seriously at this


case and see if there is anything that the Foreign Office can do in


relation to this. President Trump has repeatedly said


that he will bring back torture as an instrument of policy. When she


sees him on Friday, will the Prime Minister make clear that in no


circumstances will she permit Britain to be dragged into


facilitating that torture, as we were after September 11th? I can


assure my honourable friend that we have a very clear position on


torture. We do not sanction torture. We do not get involved with that and


that will continue to be our position.


Thank you Mr Speaker. 70% of my constituents voted Remain. 15% are


citizens of other EU countries and almost all don't trust her


Government to negotiate a deal that secures the future prosperity of


London and the UK. Will she give this House a veto on the deal she


does, or will she put that deal back to a referendum of the British


people? I say to the honourable gentleman, people voted differently


across the country. Parts voted to Remain and parts voted to Leave.


What we now do is unite behind the result of the vote that took place.


We come together as a country, we go out there, we make a success of this


and we ensure that we build that truly global Britain that will bring


jobs to his constituency and his constituents. Mr Speaker, this week


Milton Keynes celebrates its 50th birthday. We have been the most


successful of new cities and have one of the highest rates of economic


growth. Will the Prime Minister agree that Milton Keynes has a great


future and will be central to delivering this Government's


ambitious plans? Well, can I join my honourable friend, can I join my


honourable friend in marking Milton Keynes's 50th birthday and also I


understand he has secured a Westminster Hall debate. I


congratulate him on having done that. I think Milton Keynes is a


great example of what you can achieve with a clear plan and with


strong, local leader sh. We are providing, as he knows, additional


funding for the East-West rail prospect ject. I know he supported


that by chairing the APGG as well as a Oxfordshire express road emschoo.


We'll see a country that works for everyone. Milton Keynes has had not


just a great 50 years but I'm sure a great future as well. Last week a


freight train arrived at barking from China using the Chunnel and


demonstrating the massive protension of rail treat, but containtal rail


wagons and lorries on trains cannot be accommodated on Britain's railway


network. Would the Prime Minister consider giving positive support to


the GB gateway scheme which could link all the nations and regions of


Britain both to each other and to Europe beyond and would take 5


million lorry journeys off Britain's roads per year? The honourable


gentleman has raised an issue, a different gauge on the railways here


and on the continpent which has been an issue for some considerable time.


We want to encourage freight on rails. We have been encouraging that


and we'll continue to do so. Thank you, very much, Mr Speaker.


The ministry of Cake in my constituency, a ?30 million turnover


company has recently been bought by a French company. They trade across


Europe and into China. Does this not demonstrate, Prime Minister and


would you agree with me that it demonstrates the confidence in our


economy as a European company has bought in? It demonstrates that we


can unlock global trade and it demonstrates that the south-west is


a terrific place to do business? I absolutely agree with high


honourable friend. I think the investment that she has referred to


of the French company into a company in her constituency shows the


confidence that people have in our economy for the future T shows the


fundamental strengths of our economy. -- it shows. And it also


shows that we can unlock global trade and of course the south-west


is a very good place to do business. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Robert Burns


said whatever damages society or any least part of it, that is my measure


of inequity. Would the Prime Minister agree that that applies to


the tax system found to be illegal by British courts under which 10,000


asylum seekers were denied a fair trial and some probably unlegally


deported to death and torture? I say to the honourable gentleman the


issue of the detained fast track system in the asylum system I looked


at when I was Home Secretary and we looked at the a number of changes on


how we operate it but it was built on a strong principle - which is if


there is somebody whose case for asylum is such that they are almost


certain to be refused that asylum, then we want to be ensure they can


be removed from the country as quickly as possible, hence the


detained fast track. I would like to ask my friend the


Prime Minister if she would insist in trying to get an enterprise zone


in my constituency as part of the industrial strategy. It turns out


that the Labour Council and Labour county council, who are talking


about an enterprise zonesque project in the area, have not applied for


any funding whatsoever. Would my right honourable friend assist me in


this endeavour? Well, can I say to my honourable friend I know what a


champion for his constituency it is. And I'm sure that the Chancellor and


the Business Secretary will look at the issue that he has raised. I also


say how sad it is that Labour councils are not willing to put


forward proposals to increase the prosperity and economic growth in


their area. Closed question. Number 11. I will


meet the First Minister and leaders of the devolved administrations at


the joint ministerial committee on Monday, but we regularly engage with


the Scottish Government on a number of issues. When she meets with the


First Minister, will she confirm whether she supports the principle


of the Scotland Act that whatever is not reserved is devolved and will


she be able to tell what powers will come to the Scottish Parliament in


the event of Brexit? Can she confirm the Great Repeal Bill will not be


the great power grab? I have been very clear, echoed yesterday by the


Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, that no powers that


are currently devolved will be taken back to the UK Government. What we


will be looking at, and what we will be discussing with the devolved


administrations, is how we deal with powers which are currently in


Brussels when they come back to the United Kingdom, and what we want to


ensure, we want to ensure those powers are dealt with so we can


maintain the important single market of the United Kingdom. Thank you, Mr


Speaker. It is currently hand offence to assault a police officer,


an immigration officer way prison officer, but it is not a specific


offence to assault an NHS worker, doctor, nurse or paramedic. Does the


Prime Minister agree with me that we should consider extending a specific


offence to these people to make it absolutely clear that the public


will not tolerate violence towards our hard-working members of the NHS?


My honourable friend raises an important point, we condemn assaults


on anybody and any violence that takes place, but the Secretary of


State for Health has heard the KC has put and will be happy to look at


that issue. -- has heard the case that he has put. Will be Duke of


Westminster still received ?407,000 year, will Duke of Northumberland


still receive ?475,000 a year, and will the Earl of either still


receive ?915,000 a year from the British taxpayer? The honourable


gentleman seems to know a lot about these ducal matters, I will be


fascinated by the reply! One of the tasks that we will have, and the


honourable gentleman is right, when we leave the European Union, is to


decide what support is provided to agriculture as we are outside of the


Common Agricultural Policy. We are taking the interest of all parts of


the UK into account when we look into what the system should do in


the future. A Hampshire Nice, Sir Gerald Howarth! Last weekend, the


Secretary of State for Defence made a very welcome visit to Ukraine,


where he said that freedom and democracy are not tradable


commodities. As we mark the 25th anniversary of relations between our


two partners, could I invite my right honourable friend to declare


the support of the UK for the maintenance of an independent


sovereign state in Ukraine, which has been subjected to the most


outrageous annexation of part of its providence by Russia? I am very


happy to join my honourable friend in confirming our commitment to the


independent sovereign state of Ukraine. The Foreign Secretary has


been doing a lot of work with other Foreign Ministers on this particular


issue, we provide significant support to Ukraine, and I hope soon


to be up to meet the president and talk about the support we provide.


Pat McFadden. Last week the Prime Minister said that Parliament would


get a vote on the final deal between the UK and the European Union. Kuqi


set out what would happen if Parliament said no to the terms of


that deal? -- could she set out. Would she negotiate an alternative


deal, or would no deal option be falling back on WTO rules, which


mean 10% tariffs on cars, 20% on food and trick, and a host of other


barriers to trade, investment and prosperity in the UK? Prime


Minister. As I also said in my speech, I expect we will be but to


negotiate a good deal in terms of trade with the European Union,


because it would be in our interests and those of the European Union as


well. There will be a vote on the deal for this Parliament, but then,


if this Parliament is not willing to accept a deal that has been decided


and agreed by the United Kingdom Government with the European Union,


I have said that if there is no deal, we will have to fall back on


other arrangements. Mr Speaker, a great pleasure to welcome my


honourable friend the Prime Minister and her Cabinet to Khazri earlier


this week, and I welcome the Government industrial strategy to


bring high skill, high wage jobs to close the North-South divide, and


the message is that Britain is open for business. I and the whole


Cabinet were very pleased to be able to visit, pleased to be able to sit


down and meet with small businesses on that particular site to hear the


support they have for what the Government is doing in the


industrial strategy. Britain is open for business, we will be trading


around the world, a global leader in free trade, bringing jobs, economic


growth and prosperity to every part of this country. Thank you, Mr


Speaker. We are now aware of the hundreds of thousands of women who


marched in behalf of women's rights last weekend. In this House, we have


been lobbied by members of the women against state pension inequality,


and many MPs have lodged petitions asking the Government to act. Can


the Prime Minister tell us how many MPs have lodged such petitions? I


have to say to the honourable gentleman that I think the number of


petitions presented in this Parliament is a matter for the


authorities, but the Government has already taken action in relation to


the issue of women's pensions to reduce the changes that will be


experienced by women and putting extra money into that. Following her


excellent EU speech last week, will the Prime Minister consider


unilaterally guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens living and working in


the UK? This isn't just the decent thing to do, but by taking the moral


high ground, it will be a source of strength going forward in the


negotiations, and we can always return to the issue of


non-reciprocation and necessary later in those negotiations. I


recognise the concern that my honourable friend has raised in


relation to this issue, but my position remains the same as it


always has been. I expect and intend and want to be able to guarantee the


rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom, but as the British


by Minister it is only right that I should give consideration to the


rights of UK citizens living in the remaining 27 member states of the


EU, and that is why I wanted that reciprocal arrangement. As I said


last week, Ira Main open to this being an issue we negotiate at a


very early stage. -- I remain open. A number of other European bodies


want that, and I'm hoping we will be up to do it at an early stage. Dr


Lisa Cameron. Thank you, Mr Speaker. As chair of the all-party


Parliamentary group for disability, we recently compiled an important


report into the Government's pledge to halve the employment gap.


Research shows this pledge will not be met for 50 years. To date, no


minister has met with the group to discuss the report. Will the Prime


Minister place people with disability at the heart of policy


and ensure that her ministers engage with our recommendations? The Prime


Minister. The honourable lady raises an important issue about disabled


people in the workplace. It is one we are aware of, and as we see the


number of people in unemployed and going down, it does change the


ratios to select ten. The Secretary of State is looking at how we can


ensure that we are seeing more disabled people in the workplace,


and I am sure he will have seen that request. Can I welcome the Prime


Minister meeting with the president of Turkey on Saturday, when we can


show our solidarity in the fight against terrorism, deepen our


trading relationship, and the Prime Minister also seek support for a


united and independent Cyprus free from Turkish troops? I thank my


honourable friend for raising the important issues that I will be


discussing with President Erdogan, and with the Prime Minister of


Turkey when I meet them on Saturday. He raises the issue of Cyprus. I am


hopeful that the talks will be able to continue to come to a solution,


closer to a solution than we have been before. I have already spoken


to the Prime Minister and the President about the need to ensure


that we are creative in thinking and finding a solution for this, and I


had a further telephone call over the weekend about this very issue.


We stand ready, as a guarantor, to play our part in making sure we see


a successful conclusion of these talks, and see the reunification of


Cyprus, which people have been working for for some time. Thank


you, Mr Speaker. I joined the Prime Minister in wishing a speedy


recovery to the police officer who was shot and injured in my


constituency in north Belfast on Sunday night. Thankfully, he was not


killed, but that was not the intention of the terrorists, of


course. It is very clear, Mr Speaker, that the political


instability brought about by Sinn Fein's collapse of the assembly is


in no-one's interest, and it is also clear that their intention is to


rewrite the past. Will she make it very clear that the legal


persecution of police officers and soldiers who did so much to bring


peace to Northern Ireland will not be allowed to continue? I say to the


right honourable gentleman that, as he indicates, the political


stability in Northern Ireland has been hard earned over some


considerable time, and none of us want to see and thrown away. He


raises the issue of the current situation, where a number of


investigations by the PSNI into former soldiers and their activities


in Northern Ireland, and I think it is right that we recognise that the


majority of people who lost their lives did so as a result of


terrorist activity, and it is important that the terrorist


activity is looked into. That is why one of the issues that my right


honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is


looking at is the legacy question and how that can take place in


future. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Social care provided by Labour led


council in my area is failing miserably. Serious errors in process


have led to, quite frankly, shameful consequences for some of my most


vulnerable constituents. It is clearly not about funding, as they


said on reserves of about ?233 million. Will my right honourable


friend instigate an urgent review of social care practice at the county


council, because the people of Derbyshire deserve better? Prime


Minister. My honourable friend has made an important point in relation


to this issue, which is that successful social care is not wholly


about funding, but the practice on the ground, and that is why we are


very clear that it is important to see that integration between social


and health care at a local level, and local authorities should be


playing their part in delivering that. And this is any stew that we


need to see addressed for the longer term as well. -- an issue. Frankly,


it has been ducked by governments for too long in this country, and


that is why we are determined to bring forward a sustainable


programme in the future. Ed Miliband. It brings... The right


honourable gentleman never knew he was quite that popular! Ed Miliband!


I was going to say, Mr Speaker, it brings back memories, actually! Can


I say to the Prime Minister, as the first foreign leader to meet


President Trump, she carries a huge responsibility on behalf not just of


this country but the whole international community in the town


that she sets? Can I ask her to reassure us that she will say to the


President that he must abide by and not withdraw from the Paris climate


change treaty, and in case it is helpful, can she offer the services


of UK scientists to convince the president that climate change is not


a hoax invented by the Chinese? Prime Minister! Well, I recognise


the role the right honourable gentleman has played in looking at


this issue of climate change, and I hope he recognises the commitment


this government has shown to be a stew of climate change with the


legislation we have put through, and the changes that we have brought


about in terms of the energy sector and users of different forms of


energy. The Obama administration obviously signed up to the Paris


climate change agreement, we have now done that, I would hope that all


parties would continue to ensure that the climate change agreement is


put into practice. Order...


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