18/01/2017 Prime Minister's Questions


18/01/2017

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Agricultural Policy is not suited Scotland, especially those forming

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in less favoured areas. We now have an opportunity to do something

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different and we should seize it. Questions to the Prime Minister.

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Number one Mr Speaker. Thank you. This morning I had meetings with

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ministerial colleagues and others, in addition to my duties in This

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House, I will have further such meetings later today. Thousands of

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babies are born each year, shibboleth by alcohol consumed

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Alcohol is a primary factor in domestic violence attacks on women.

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Does the primers to recognise the seriousness of the country's alcohol

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problems and the billions of pounds of cost to the public purse and will

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she instructor government to address these problems effectively and as a

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matter of urgency? I can certainly say that I recognise the problem is

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that alcohol causes. He particularly referenced not just problems for

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pregnant women but also the issue around domestic violence and the

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part alcohol can often play on domestic violence and abuse. That's

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why when I was Home Secretary we produced an alcohol strategy, we

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worked on the issue and the government continues to recognise

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the importance of this issue and to work on it. Will the Prime Minister

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join me in paying tribute to the NHS staff who provide us with such

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magnificent treatment day in, day out? Will she also agree with me

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that people who miss NHS appointments without cancelling them

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cost the NHS a great deal of money and also take up slots which would

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otherwise be used by other patients? Will she consider how she might let

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those people know of the inconvenience they are causing? My

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honourable friend makes two important points. I'm pleased to

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join with him in paying tribute to the dedication and hard work of all

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those who work in our NHS. Secondly, he is right to point out that if

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somebody misses an appointment it is a cost on the NHS. There are a

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number of ways in which this is being dealt with, including in some

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hospitals sending out text messages reminding people of appointments and

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telling them how much it costs if they miss that appointment. Jeremy

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Corbyn. Thank you Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, yesterday the Prime

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Minister snubbed Parliament, and snubbed the Brexit committee's

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recommendations to bring forward a white paper, while at the same time

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describing the referendum as a vote to restore our Parliamentary

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democracy. This is about our jobs, living standards and future

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prosperity. Why will it not be scrutinised by this House? I say to

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the right honourable gentleman that what I did yesterday was set out a

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plan for a global Britain. I set out a plan that will put the divisions

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of last year behind us, that will show a vision... That shows a vision

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for a stronger, fairer, more united, more outward looking, prosperous,

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tolerant and independent, truly global Britain. It was a vision

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which will shape a stronger future and build a better Britain. Mr

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Speaker. Restoring democracy whilst sidelining Parliament. It's not so

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much the Iron Lady as the irony lady! Yesterday, Mr Speaker, the

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Prime Minister finally provided some detail. Can I urge her to stop her

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threat of a bargain basement Brexit, a low pay tax haven on the shores of

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Europe. It won't necessarily damage the EU, but it would certainly

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damage this country. Businesses, jobs and public services. She

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demeans herself and her office, and her country's standing, by making

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these kind of threats. What I set out yesterday was a plan for a

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global Britain bringing prosperity to this country, and jobs to people,

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and spreading economic growth across the country. But actually yesterday,

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we'll so learned more of the right honourable gentleman's thinking on

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this issue. What he said was the following. "She Has said will leave

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the single market but at the same time says she wants to have access

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to the single market. I'm not sure how that's going to go down in

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Europe. I think we have to have a deal that ensures we have access to

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the market". LAUGHTER I've got a plan, he doesn't have a clue! Mr

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Speaker, she made the threat. She was the one he made the threat about

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slashing corporation tax. If you reduce corporation tax to the lowest

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common denominator, this country loses ?120 billion in revenue. How,

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then, do you fund public services as a result of that? Last year, the

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Prime Minister said leaving the single market would make trade deals

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considerably harder. And, while we could certainly negotiate our own

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trade agreements, there would be no guarantee that they would be on

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terms as good as those we now enjoy. But yesterday, the Prime Minister

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only offered as vague guarantees. Can I ask her, does she now disagree

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with herself? LAUGHTER The right honourable gentleman might also have

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noticed that when I spoke in the Remain Campaign, I said if we voted

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to leave the European Union, the sky wouldn't fall in. Look at what has

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happened, actually, to our economic situation, since we voted to leave

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the EU. I say he talks about the future of this economy, I want us to

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be an outward looking nation, trading around the world, bringing

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prosperity and jobs into the UK. The one thing that would be bad for the

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economy is the answer is that the right honourable gentleman has. He

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wants a cap on wages, no control on immigration, and to borrow an extra

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?500 billion. That wouldn't lead to prosperity, that would lead to no

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jobs, no wages and no skills. The Chancellor said after the referendum

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that to lose single market access would be catastrophic. A few days

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later the Health Secretary said, the first part of the plan must be

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clarity that we will remain in the single market. The Prime Minister

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said something about frictionless access to the single market and a

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bespoke customs union deal. Could the Prime Minister give us a little

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bit of certainty and clarity about this? Has she ruled out paying any

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kind of access to what she describes as a frictionless market? I can say

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to the right honourable gentleman that access to the single market is

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exactly what I was talking about yesterday in my speech. One of the

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key principles, key objectives, is that we negotiate a free trade

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agreement with the European Union that gives us the widest possible

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access for trading with and operating within the European Union.

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And he talks about frictionless access, actually this was a separate

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point, which is about frictionless borders in relation to the customs

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issue. A very important issue in relation to our relationship between

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Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Taoiseach and I and all

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parties are absolutely on a single page on this, we want to ensure we

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have the best possible arrangement that doesn't lead to a Borders of

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the past in Northern Ireland. The question was, would we have to pay

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for access to the market or not? The Prime Minister hasn't given an

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answer on that. Yesterday she set out a wish list on immigration

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referring to skills shortages and high skilled migration. Does she now

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disagree with the Secretary of State rural affairs, who told an employer

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's conference, don't worry, you can still have cheap EU labour after we

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leave the European Union? The Right honourable gentleman talks about

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access. Yes, the whole point is that we will negotiate a free trade

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agreement with the European Union, but it's about the best possible

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access for British business to operate in the European Union member

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states and for European businesses to operate here in the United

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Kingdom. It's about sitting down and negotiating the best possible deal

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for the United Kingdom. That's what I'm committed to and that's what

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this government is going to deliver. My question was about how much we

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are going to have to pay to have access to the market. Still no

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answer. Yesterday she talked about the pressure put on public services

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by migration. Can I just remind her, as one of her honourable friends did

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earlier, but at the moment there are 55,000 EU citizens working in our

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NHS, helping to treat all of the people of this country. There are

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80,000 care workers helping our, mainly elderly, people. There are

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5000 teachers, educating our children. The real pressure on

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public services comes from a government that slashed billions

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from the social care budget, that is cutting the schools budget, that is

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closing A departments and walk-in centres and sure start centres.

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Instead of threatening to turn Britain into an offshore tax haven,

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let's welcome those who contribute to our public services and fund our

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public services properly, so that we do have the fully functioning NHS

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that we all need and deserve! I made clear yesterday, we value those who

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have come to the UK and contribute to our economy and our society, and

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there will still be people coming to the UK from the European Union, when

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we leave the EU. The crucial issue is that it is this government that

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will be making decisions about our immigration system for people from

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the European Union. But yet again, I say to the right honourable

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gentleman, there is indeed a difference between us. It's very

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simple, when I look at the issue of Brexit, or indeed at any other issue

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like the National Health Service or social care, I consider the issue, I

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set out my plan, and I stick to it. It's called leadership, he should

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try it sometime! Yesterday was a day for being bold and ambitious and I'm

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sure that she noted Lincoln city football club... Qualify to the

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fourth round of the FA Cup. I noted her recent comments about white

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working-class boys in university. In ten years half a million fewer males

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have gone to university than females. Exam result of lower --

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exam results are lower at all levels. I ask my right honourable

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friend, when can we expect to see practical action on closing the

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gender education gap? Can I join my honourable friend in congratulating

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Lincoln city on their victory last night and say I think it was a

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fitting tribute to Graham Taylor that they won that match. He's

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raised an important point. I have highlighted the issue particularly

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of white working-class boys who are the group in society least likely to

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go to university. We are committed to making sure that every child gets

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the opportunity to fulfil their potential, that is about ensuring

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apprenticeships are as accessible as possible and I'm pleased to say that

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the number of apprenticeships started by males have increased this

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year to almost 50%. Also, universities expect to spend ?800

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million this year in improving access and success for disadvantaged

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students. We want everybody to achieve their potential, whatever

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their background and whatever their gender. Shortly after the Prime

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Minister confirmed she wants to take the UK out of the single European

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market, the Scottish Parliament voted by a large cross-party

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majority to remain in the single European market, just as a large

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majority of people in Scotland voted to remain in the EU. The Prime

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Minister has said that Scotland is an equal partner in the United

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Kingdom. Does she still believe this is true, or is she just stringing

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the people I might refer the right honourable

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gentleman to my speech yesterday where I reiterated my commitment to

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be working with the devolved administrations to ensure their

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voice is heard of, their interests are taken into account as we proceed

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along this path negotiating our exit were European Union. I specifically

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references the Scotland plan. I understand the Welsh Government will

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produce a plan for Wales for us to look at too. That Scotland plan will

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be considered by the JMC on European negotiations tomorrow, I believe.

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We'll look at it seriously, working with the Scottish Government on the

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proposals they bring forward. Scotland's leading economic

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forecaster says, real wages will fall... LAUGHTER Tories jeering and

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cheering when the forecast for people's income is as likely to drop

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by ?2,000 and that 80,000, Mr Speaker, that 80,000 people may lose

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their jobs in Scotland as a result of the hard Tory Brexit plan of the

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Prime Minister. Does the Prime Minister believe that this is a

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price worth paying for her Little Britain Brexit? I repeat what I said

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earlier. We'll work to ensure we get the best possible deal in terms of

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access to the single market and continuing to cooperate in part are

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inship with the 28 remaining member states of the European Union. The

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right honourable gentleman once again talks about the possibility of

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a negative impact on Scotland if Scotland were not part of the single

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market. His party is dedicated to taking Scotland out of the single

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market by taking it out of the UK. Mr Speaker, this week directors of

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our larger companies have been told by investors to reign in senior

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executive pay which is too often distorted by long-term incentive

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plans which are too complex to manage and too excessive in their

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rewards. Will my right honourable friend look the such schemes as part

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of her corporate Government review? I'm pleased to say this Government's

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taken action on executive pay already giving shareholders the

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power to veto pay policies and force companies to Des cloy their board's

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pay. I want to build on that. We've pubbish Hirsched a Green Paper on

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how to strengthen shareholders' influence over executive pay and

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have greater transparency. Will the #3r50i789 provide a commitment today

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that no part of Great Repel Bill will be subject to ennish votes for

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English laws? -- lengthish votes. The honourable lady might recognise

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the Great Repel Bill will have a number of complex issues it will be

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dealing with. It will be ensuring at its heart will be the European

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communities act repeal. One of the issues we'll need to look at looking

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at that bill and negotiating our way out of the European Union is the

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issue of reserve matters and devolved matters. There are many

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aspects... THE SPEAKER: Order. Order. Members

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of the Scottish National Party led by the right honourable gentleman on

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the front bench who's supposed to be a statesman-like figure should

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demonstrate some calm and reserve while being answered by the the

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Prime Minister who was questioned. The Prime Minister. The honourable

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lady will know full well that any legislation brought before this

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House, if any part of it only applies to England then it will be

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subject to the English votes on English laws. May I congratulate the

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Prime Minister on her delivery yesterday of an historic, defin

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tiff, pragmatic, outward looking speech which saw the pound rise to

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its highest level in two years and its highest level in two years and

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the FTSE up today. Would she agree with me a strong and prosperous UK

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as she has planned, would be a nightmare for the Leader of the

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Opposition and the EU ruling class? I agree with my honourable friend, a

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strong and prosperous Britain is what we want to build as we leave

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the European Union. It is only a pitty it seems the Labour Party

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aren't interested in doing that and want to do the opposite and bring

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this economy down. Number 3, Mr Speaker. I always enjoy my visits to

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Wales. I hope to visit Wales in the future. Quite an answer as to

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whether she'll visit the Rhondda. I'm happy to accommodate her. I can

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do bacon and eggs. More importantly, I could take her to see the best

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brass band in the world. Or I could take her to the local food bank

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which is based in the closed down Conservative Club. What's happening

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at the moment is since 2010, the Government's closed the local

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courts, closed the local tax office, the DWP office and the driving

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centre. Now the Government's intending to close all the tax

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offices in Wales and centralise them in Cardiff. We feel in the valleys

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as if we're just ignored by the Government. Can I just beg her to

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change direction and start putting Government offices in the small

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towns, villages, valleys of this country? Can I say to the right

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honourable gentleman, the last time I looked, Cardiff was actually in

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Wales. He says we're going to take offices away from Wales but we'll

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put them in Cardiff. I think he might find the whole point about

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what the HMRC is doing is they are taking, moving from outdated offices

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to large, modern, regional centres. That will make it possible for them

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to modernise their ways of working, make tax collection more efficient

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and improve customer services by HMRC. I welcome my right honourable

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friend's speech for a global Britain. It shows you are list why

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enning to this side of the House. The council leaders considering the

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grater Manchester framework consultation responses as they

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listen to the people, give us better infrastructure and protect our green

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spaces. I thank my honourable friend for his comments and raising the

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issue. The con siltation -- consultation closed earlier this

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week. There has been a huge amount of interest from local people. I

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echo his comment sayings local leaders should take all

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representations into account. In the UK, we have 14 regional markets for

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electricity disprobe Ewingses. Highlanders and islanders are facing

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higher charges. They are an eye watering 84% higher than

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distributary bugs charges for London. Will the Prime Minister

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introduce a universal market for electricity pricing. Those of us who

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live in the coldest windiest place are are diskrilled against by her

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Government and it must end. The honourable gentleman draws attention

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to the fact of course geography has an impact on these matters. He talks

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about living in the coldest and windiest place. One of the issues

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that's interesting to look at in relation to Scotland is the whoa

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question of renewables and the opportunities for renewables. I can

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tell him we are looking at the impact... We are looking at making

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sure... We are looking at making sure energy markets in the UK are

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indeed working properly. I'm very pleased the Prime Minister has said

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she will take the necessary action on air quality to deal with the

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40,000 premature deaths it causes across our country every year. As I

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know she believes in her Government leading by example, will she make

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sure that all diesel cars are removed from the Government car

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service as soon as possible? My honourable friend is right,

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improving air quality is a priority for this Government. We are

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determined to cut harmful emissions. We've committed money since 2011 to

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supporting the take-up of low-emission vehicles. The

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Government car service is working to remove diesel cars from its fleet.

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It has replaced a quarter and this work conditions to remove diesel

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vehicles. Is the Prime Minister aware that I totally agree with what

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she said yesterday. It is the job of people in this... Wait for it...

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LAUGHTER We in this House have a real responsibility for our children

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and grandchildren to have a bright future. But is she aware there are

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dark clouds looming on the horizon in terms of intolerance, racism

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across Europe and the foundering and flux of many of our great

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institutions that have kept peace and prosperity since the last world

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war. I speak of the in UN, Nato and indeed the European Union. Are we

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fit for purpose in keeping this country safe, secure in that ward?

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-- world. I recognise the important issue that the right honourable

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gentleman raised in this area. It is pro sighsly as we move out of the

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European Union, the UK will be more outward looking. We want to ensure

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we play our part in the UN. That the UN itself is able to do the job that

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everybody wants it to do. Nato has been the most important bull washing

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in terms of maintaining safety and security across the European

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continent. That's why we're continuing to support Nato. British

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troops are in Estonia. British Forces in Poland, Romania,

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continuing to show our commitment to Nato. The thrust of my speech

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yesterday was we want a strong, strat edgic partnership with the

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European Union. That access to the single market, that free trade

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agreement but to continue to work with them on justice and security

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matters. Now is not a time to cooperate less, it is a time to

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cooperate more. Delighted the third round replay where Sutton united won

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against Wimbledon. The pressing issue is to be able to get into work

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on a day-to-day basis. Does the Prime Minister welcome the talks

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between Aslef and Southern to finding a solution for hard pressed

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commuters? As a former Wimbledon councillor, I am anot sure I share

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the enthusiasm for the defeat of AFC Wimbledon. On the point about train

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strikes, yes, I do. I hope those sitting around the table will

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enensure we see an agreement reached which enables passengers to get on

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with their lives, their jobs and not suffer the misery brought about by

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the strike in the first place. Can I agree with the Prime Minister and

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disagree with the last member about the reference to last night's

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meeting and AFC's results. If the Prime Minister really believes that

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GP surgeries should be open seven days a week, 12 hours a day, would

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she be my guest at a meeting against Department of Health diktat which

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will close a 6,000 strong surgery. Even better, could she just tell her

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Government to stop cuts to GP Ps Sir verieses which force thousands to

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attend hard pressed A's like St George's and St Helier or is she

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happy to see the poisible collapse of the NHS on her watch? I might

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remind the honourable lady, she and I sat on a council together where we

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tried to keep Wimbledon playing in Wimbledon other at least in Murton.

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GPs are part of the solution in terms of the NHS for the future.

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We've seen more GPs coming into the NHS. Something like 5,000 more GPs

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being trained and will be in place by 2020. But what we do want to

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ensure is that GPs are open and providing the services at times when

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the patients want to access them. Mr Speaker, it was quite clear from the

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Prime Minister's speech yesterday that she seeks to build a Brexit

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consensus and to bring our country back together. I thank her for that.

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To that end, and to strengthen the Prime Minister's negotiating hand,

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before Article 50 is triggered, would she please considerate least

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publishing all those 12 objectives in a White Paper so that we can

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debate them here in this place on behalf of all our constituents? My

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honourable friend is right. I absolutely understand the point she

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raised about Parliament's desire to be able to debate those objectives

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which I set out in the plan yesterday. One of the objectives,

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one of the principles was about certainly and clarity. It continues

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to be the Government's intention that we will provide clarity

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whenever it is possible and we will ensure that at appropriate times

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both the public and Parliament are kept informed and are able to

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consider and properly scrutinise these issues. Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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While dedicated and talented staff at the royal Liverpool hospital's

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A department struggle to find beds for sick people, around 135 patients

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are unable to be discharged solely because of Government cuts to social

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care. When will the Government recognise its responsibilities and

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not try to blame GPs for a problem of the Government's own making?

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There is a pressure on social care. I accept that and recognised this in

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this House. That's why the Government's recognised it and put

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improved funding through the better care fund and social care

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pre-September. Liverpool raced ?8 million and they'll receive ?48

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million from the better care fund by 2019/20. This isn't just a question

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of money. It is ensuring we have a sustainable social care system for

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the future. That's what the Government's working on. Could I

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commend by right honourable friend for her remarks yesterday, not least

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the constructive terms to the future of the EU in marked difference from

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others over the years. Would she confirm that constructive tone will

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remain as the best base for getting an agreement between ourselves and

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the EU and the default position of no deal will remain a default

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position and not the Government's default position? Absolutely. We

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want to get that good deal and expect to be able to get that good

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deal. It is right that it is through goodwill and a positive approach on

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both sides of these negotiations we will achieve that. I'm clear the UK

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wants to see a continuing strong European Union of 27 member states.

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We want to have a strong, strategic partnership with that Europon and

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continue to work bilaterally with individual states. I made this point

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to a number of European Union leaders yesterday when I spoke to

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them after my speech, we want to approach this in a positive and

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optimistic fashion. I believe a deal that is good for the UK, will be a

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deal that is good for the European Union. This week, the national

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auditor revealed the abject failures in the con accept tricks fiasco

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which resulted in thousands of people wrongly denied their tax

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credits. This was not one rogue contractors but a system designed by

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Government to pursue and chase down claimants for profit. So, does the

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Prime Minister agree with the Chief Executive of HMRC that payment by

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ruts has no -- results has no mace in our welfare system. Will she

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review this model or will she wait for the next scandal to hit

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vulnerable people? I recognise many people received a poor service. It

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is not the first time this has been highlighted in this chamber this was

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not acceptable. I apologise for the poury and stress caused for people.

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We have been clear about that service. HMRC will learn the lessons

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from that contract. They remain committed to providing a high

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quality service. It will not use a private sector service to undertakes

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tax or fraud checks again. Further to the question from my honourable

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friend, the Prime Minister did yesterday confirm her commitment to

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parliamentary democracy. Therefore, I assume she accepts the long

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standing convention that the he can he can tiff, the Government, is

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continuously accountable to this House for the policies that she is

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pursuing. Can she clarify whether or not she intends to make any further

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statements of policy intentions to this House and whether she

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anticipates this House having an opportunity to vote its approval for

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those policies earlier than two years away when the whole

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negotiation has been completed? My right honourable friend raises a

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matter that not only our honourable friend has raised but others as

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well. If I can simply make this point. Yesterday, my right

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honourable, the Secretary of State for exiting the European Union came

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here and answered questions for two hours. There is a further general

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debate on exiting the European Union matters taking place today. There

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have been a number of these do Bates already looking at the issues which

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are part of the objectives we have set. We will have to consider the

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result of the decision of the Supreme Court which may, if it goes

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against the Government, require legislation to be brought before

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this House. There will be an opportunity in the great wee peat

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bill to look at issues around the exiting the I the the EU. We can't

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vote on the deal until we know what the deal is. Parliament will have a

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vote when we know what that deal is. The Prime Minister's passing

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reference to the interests of Spanish fishermen in her speech

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yesterday let the cat out of the bag that our fishing opportunities are

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already on the table as a bargaining tool before the Brexit negotiations

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have even started. What does the Prime Minister want to offer the

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Spanish fishermen? I made a very simple point yesterday which is that

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negotiation is not just about the UK. There will be others in the

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European Union who will be looking for ensheering the deal we get is

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good for the UK and for the European Union. I have to say to the

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honourable lady, if she thinks continued membership of the common

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fishers policy is not the case and one of the things we will vote

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against. The people of Stafford shirt and Stoke-on-Trent are being

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confronted with the possible loss of emergency services in Stafford or

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Burton when our Acute Hospitals are under intense pressure. Would the

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Prime Minister agree with me and others that closing A is no way

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to deal with increased, real, not imagined, need. I would say to my

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honourable friend, the important issue is the level of service

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available for people in a local area. That's why the sustainability

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and transformation plans being published are taking into account

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and are being considered at a local level for local clinicians and local

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people to agree what is best in their particular area. Mr Speaker,

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last Friday I went to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where the number

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of people waiting 12 hours or more in A doubled last year. 100 of

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them aged 90 or over. Trust managers said the biggest factor is dig

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charging people. Government cuts erodele support for them. Will she

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stop waffling about her shared society, listen to her own budget

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watchdog saying we'll need ?30 billion from older people in the

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next ten years and put that money into local adult care and the NHS?

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Well, just looking at the figures for what has happened for health in

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his particular area, there are more doctors and significantly more

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nurses in his NHS Foundation Trust. I know what the honourable gentleman

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is talking about. I'm about to comment on it! But the honourable

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lady who is shouting from a sedentary position might have

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recognised he started talking about the NHS which is what I'm also

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commenting on. THE SPEAKER: Order. I'm not having

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an exchange across the dispatch box. Order. The Prime Minister was asked

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a question. Order! I require no help from the honourable gentleman which

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is of zilch value! The Prime Minister will answer and she will be

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heard with courtesy, including by the honourable gentleman. The Prime

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Minister The honourable gentleman asked me about pressures on the

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national health service. We are sighing more doctors and nurses in

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his hospitals Foundation Trust and he health funding in the honourable

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gentleman's area will be ?3 billion this year rising with a further 450

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million by 2021. In terms of the issue of social care, as I said in

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this House before, we are putting extra money into social care, giving

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local authorities the opportunity to raise more money and spend it on

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social care. This is not just about more money. It is about ensuring

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best practise is spread throughout the country. About a long-term

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solution to sustainable social care for the future. An issue ducked by

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Governments, including a Labour Government for 13 years. On Friday,

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the east coast of England faced threat of a tidal surge that

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endangered tens of thousands of homes and thousands of lives. A

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simple change in the weather meant flooding was averted. Will the Prime

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Minister join me in praising the response of the emergency services

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planning ahead, involving the army coastguard, the Fire Service and the

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ambulance and police to make sure the best possible plans were made

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and will she further join with me in making sure the public know these

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warnings, in future, should always be taken seriously? My honourable

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friend raises an important point. I'm happy to commend the action of

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all those in the emergency service, Armed Forces, and local authorities

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who worked so hard to make sure this problem, a change in weather took

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place, but it is absolutely crucial that when these warnings are given,

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people recognise they are given for a very good reason, because there is

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a concern about the danger that could take place. The efforts put in

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protected tens of thousands of properties. I'm pleased to see the

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work we have learned from previous flooding incidents, the work between

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emergency services, local services and the Armed Forces was much better

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coordinated than perhaps has been in the past. We've been able to learn

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from flooding in the past. Mr Speaker, in response to the

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honourable member for Broxtow the Prime Minister talked about her

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desire to give clarity around our exit of the EU. Many of my

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constituency yentas are paying taxes. What assurances can she give

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them about their future. Particularly if they change their

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employer or are freelancers? What I said yesterday is about the

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guaranteeing of rights for EU citizens living here in the UK. I

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want to see the rights of UK citizens living in the 27 member

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states being given guarantees as well. I encourage others across

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Europe to agree this is an issue we should look at at an early stage and

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as early a stage as possible in order to give people the confidence

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and reassurance she is looking for. ? Supporting my right honourable

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gentlemen in social care and the Health Service, can she endorse the

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confidence in our hospitals in market towns across the country.

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They provide a vital piece of the jigsaw in our NHS such as the

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Westminster memorial in stats brie? I'm sure as my honourable friend

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says, the Westminster memorial in Shaftesbury is providing good

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services for local people. What the structure of the local services

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should be is a matter for discussion at local level. It is crucial local

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clinicians agree and others agree we have a safe and secure service for

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people. They are provided within the NHS services they need at the most

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appropriate level. I accept very often we think only of major

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District General Hospitals and acute hospitals but the NHS is made up of

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different parts. Patients need to be treated at the most appropriate

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level for their needs. How can aband onning membership of the customs

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union that thaws 68% of Wales' exports, crucially 90% of our food

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and drink exports and supports 200,000 jobs cause any other than

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calamitous self-harm? What we will be doing is negotiating a free trade

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agreement with the European Union to get the best possible access for

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trade. We also want to be able to negotiate trade agreements with

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other countries around the world. A number of countries have already

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expressed interest in doing that. We want to open up, see new export

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markets being delivered for businesses here in the UK, including

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for the sort of trade that he's talking about in Wales. In the

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customs aspect with the European Union, we want to have an

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arrangement with them to have as frictionless borders as possible.

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Were Prime Minister's Questions comes to an end there.

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