18/01/2017 Prime Minister's Questions


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This morning I had meetings. In addition, we'll have further such

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meetings later today. Alcohol is a primary factor. Does

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the Prime Minister recognise the problems and will she instruct her

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Government to now address these problems effectively and a a matter

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of urgency? Alcohol is a primary factor in

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domestic violence attacks on women. Does the primers to recognise

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the seriousness of the country's alcohol problems and the billions

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of pounds of cost to the public purse and will she instructor

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government to address these problems effectively and as

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a matter of urgency? I can certainly say that I recognise

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the problem is that alcohol causes. That's why when I was Home Secretary

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we produced an alcohol strategy, we worked on the issue

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and the government continues to recognise the importance of this

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issue and to work on it. Will the Prime Minister join me

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

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

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people who miss NHS appointments without cancelling them cost the NHS

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a great deal of money and also take up slots which would otherwise be

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used by other patients? Will she consider how she might

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let those people know of the inconvenience

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they are causing? My honourable friend makes

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two important points. I'm pleased to join with him

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in paying tribute to the dedication and hard work of all those who work

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in our NHS. Secondly, he is right to point out

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that if somebody misses an appointment it is a cost

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on the NHS. There are a number of ways

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in which this is being dealt with, including in some hospitals sending

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out text messages reminding people of appointments and telling

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them how much it costs Mr Speaker, yesterday

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the Prime Minister snubbed Parliament, and snubbed the Brexit

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committee's recommendations to bring forward a white paper,

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while at the same time describing the referendum as a vote to restore

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our Parliamentary democracy. This is about our jobs, living

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standards and future prosperity. Why will it not be

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scrutinised by this House? I say to the right honourable

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gentleman that what I did yesterday was set out a plan for a global

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Britain. I set out a plan that

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will put the divisions of last year behind us,

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that will show a vision... That shows a vision for a stronger,

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fairer, more united, more outward looking,

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prosperous, tolerant and It was a vision which will

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shape a stronger future Restoring democracy whilst

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sidelining Parliament. It's not so much the Iron Lady

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as the irony lady! Yesterday, Mr Speaker,

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the Prime Minister finally Can I urge her to stop her threat

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of a bargain basement Brexit, a low pay tax haven

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on the shores of Europe. It won't necessarily damage the EU,

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but it would certainly Businesses, jobs

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and public services. She demeans herself and her office,

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and her country's standing, What I set out yesterday was a plan

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for a global Britain bringing prosperity to this country,

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and jobs to people, and spreading But actually yesterday,

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

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on this issue. "She Has said will leave the single

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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

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going to go down in Europe. I think we have to have a deal

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that ensures we have I've got a plan, he

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doesn't have a clue! She was the one he made the threat

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about slashing corporation tax. If you reduce corporation tax

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to the lowest common denominator, this country loses ?120

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billion in revenue. How, then, do you fund public

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services as a result of that? Last year, the Prime Minister said

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leaving the single market would make And, while we could certainly

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negotiate our own trade agreements, there would be no guarantee

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that they would be on terms as good But yesterday, the Prime Minister

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

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disagree with herself? The right honourable

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gentleman might also have noticed that when I spoke

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in the Remain Campaign, I said if we voted to leave

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the European Union, the sky Look at what has happened, actually,

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to our economic situation, I say he talks about the future

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of this economy, I want us to be an outward looking nation,

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trading around the world, bringing The one thing that would be

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bad for the economy is the answer is that the right

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honourable gentleman has. He wants a cap on wages,

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no control on immigration, That wouldn't lead to prosperity,

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that would lead to no jobs, The Chancellor said

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after the referendum that to lose single market access

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would be catastrophic. A few days later the Health

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Secretary said, the first part of the plan must be clarity

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that we will remain The Prime Minister said something

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about frictionless access to the single market and a bespoke

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customs union deal. Could the Prime Minister give us

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a little bit of certainty Has she ruled out paying any kind

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of access to what she describes Has she ruled out paying any kind

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of access fee to what she describes I can say to the right honourable

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gentleman that access to the single market is exactly what I was talking

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about yesterday in my speech. One of the key principles,

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key objectives, is that we negotiate a free trade agreement

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with the European Union that gives us the widest possible access

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for trading with and operating And he talks about frictionless

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access, actually this was a separate point,

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which is about frictionless borders A very important issue

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in relation to our relationship between Northern Ireland

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

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

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we have the best possible arrangement that doesn't lead

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to a Borders of the past in Northern The question was, would

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we have to pay for access The Prime Minister hasn't

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given an answer on that. Yesterday she set out

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a wish list on immigration referring to skills shortages

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and high skilled migration. Does she now disagree

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

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

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after we leave the European Union? The Right honourable

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gentleman talks about access. Yes, the whole point

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is that we will negotiate a free trade agreement

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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

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member states and for European businesses to operate

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here in the United Kingdom. It's about sitting down

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and negotiating the best possible That's what I'm committed

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to and that's what this government My question was about how much

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we are going to have to pay to have Yesterday she talked

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about the pressure put on public Can I just remind her,

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as one of her honourable friends did earlier,

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

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helping to treat all of the people There are 80,000 care

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workers helping our, There are 5000 teachers,

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educating our children. The real pressure on public services

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comes from a government that slashed billions from the social care

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budget, that is cutting the schools budget, that is closing A

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departments and walk-in centres Instead of threatening to turn

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Britain into an offshore tax haven, let's welcome those who contribute

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to our public services and fund our public services properly,

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so that we do have the fully functioning NHS that we

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all need and deserve! I made clear yesterday,

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we value those who have come to the UK and contribute

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to our economy and our society, and there will still be

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people coming to the UK from the European Union,

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

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government that will be making decisions about our immigration

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system for people from But yet again, I say

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to the right honourable gentleman, there is indeed

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a difference between us. It's very simple, when I look

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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

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the issue, I set out my plan, It's called leadership,

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he should try it sometime! Yesterday was a day for being bold

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and ambitious and I'm sure that she noted Lincoln

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city football club... Qualify to the fourth

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round of the FA Cup. I noted her recent comments

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about white working-class In ten years half a million

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fewer males have gone Exam results are

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lower at all levels. I ask my right honourable friend,

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when can we expect to see practical action on closing

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the gender education gap? Can I join my honourable friend

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in congratulating Lincoln city on their victory last night and say

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I think it was a fitting tribute to Graham Taylor

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that they won that match. I have highlighted the issue

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particularly of white working-class boys who are the group in society

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least likely to go to university. We are committed to making sure that

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every child gets the opportunity to fulfil their potential,

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that is about ensuring apprenticeships are as accessible

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as possible and I'm pleased to say that the number of apprenticeships

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started by males have increased Also, universities expect to spend

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?800 million this year in improving access and success

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for disadvantaged students. We want everybody to

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achieve their potential, whatever their background

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and whatever their gender. Shortly after the Prime Minister

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confirmed she wants to take the UK out of the single European market,

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the Scottish Parliament voted by a large cross-party majority

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

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of people in Scotland voted The Prime Minister has said that

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Scotland is an equal partner Does she still believe this is true,

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or is she just stringing 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 I specifically references

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the Scotland plan. I understand the Welsh Government

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will produce a plan for Wales That Scotland plan will be

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considered by the JMC on European negotiations tomorrow,

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I believe. We'll look at it seriously,

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working with the Scottish Government Scotland's leading

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economic forecaster says, Tories jeering and cheering

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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

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

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plan of the Prime Minister. Does the Prime Minister believe

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that this is a price worth paying We'll work to ensure we get the best

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possible deal in terms of access to the single market and continuing

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

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to cooperate in partnership with the 28 remaining member states

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of the European Union. The right honourable gentleman once

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again talks about the possibility of a negative impact on Scotland

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if Scotland were not part His party is dedicated to taking

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Scotland out of the single market Mr Speaker, this week directors

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of our larger companies have been told by investors to rein 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

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in their rewards. Will my right honourable friend look

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the such schemes as part I'm pleased to say this Government's

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taken action on executive pay already giving shareholders

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the power to veto pay policies and force companies

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to Disclose their board's pay. We've pubbish Hirsched a Green Paper

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on how to strengthen shareholders' influence over executive pay

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and have greater transparency. Will a commitment be made today that

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no part of Great Repel Bill will be subject to English votes

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for English laws? The honourable lady might recognise

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the Great Repel Bill will have a number of complex issues

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it will be dealing with. It will be ensuring at its heart

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will be the European One of the issues we'll need to look

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at looking at that bill and negotiating our way out

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of the European Union is the issue of reserve matters

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and devolved matters. Members of the Scottish National

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Party led by the right honourable gentleman on the front bench who's

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supposed to be a statesman-like figure should demonstrate some calm

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and reserve while being answered by the the Prime Minister

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who was questioned. The honourable lady will know full

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well that any legislation brought before this House,

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

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to the English votes May I congratulate the Prime

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Minister on her delivery yesterday of an historic,

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definitive, pragmatic, outward looking speech which saw

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the pound rise to its highest level Would she agree with me

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a strong and prosperous UK as she has planned,

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would be a nightmare for the Leader of the Opposition

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

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a 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

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the Labour Party aren't interested in doing that and want to do

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the opposite and bring Quite an answer as to

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whether she'll visit the Rhondda. I'm happy

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to accommodate her. More importantly, I could

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take her to see the best brass band in the world -

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the Cory Band. Or I could take her to the local

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food bank which is based in the closed down Conservative

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Club. What's happening at the moment

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is since 2010, the Government's closed the local courts,

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it's closed the local tax office, the DWP office

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and the driving centre. Now the Government's intending

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to close all the tax offices in Wales and centralise

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them in Cardiff. We feel in the valleys as if we're

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just ignored by the Government. Can I just beg her to change

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direction and start putting Government offices in the small

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towns, villages, and Can I say to the right

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honourable gentleman, the last time I looked,

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Cardiff was actually in Wales. He says we're going to take offices

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away from Wales but we'll I think he might find the whole

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point about what the HMRC is doing 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, it will make tax collection more

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efficient and improve I welcome my right honourable

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friend's speech setting out a plan It shows this side of the House

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is listening to the British people. Would my right honourable friend

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commend this approach to the council leaders

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considering the Greater Manchester framework consultation responses

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as they need to listen to the people, give us

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better infrastructure I thank my honourable

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friend for his comments The consultation closed

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earlier this week. There has been a huge amount

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of interest from local people. I echo his comment saying

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local leaders should take In the UK, we have 14

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regional markets for Highlanders and Islanders

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are facing higher prices Electricity distribution charges

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for the north of Scotland are an eye watering 84% higher

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than distribution The Prime Minister

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talks about fairness. Will she introduce a universal

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market for electricity pricing and stop penalising

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Highlanders and Islanders? Those of us who live in the coldest

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windiest places are discriminated against by her Government

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and it must end. The honourable gentleman draws

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attention to the fact that of course geography has an impact

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on these matters. He talks about living

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in the coldest and windiest place. One of the issues that's interesting

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to look at in relation to Scotland is the whole question of renewables

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and the opportunities for renewables I can tell him we are

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looking at the impact... We are looking at making sure that

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energy markets in the UK I'm very pleased the Prime Minister

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has said she will take the necessary action on air quality to deal

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with the 40,000 premature deaths it causes across our

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country every year. As I know she believes in her

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Government leading by example, will she make sure that all diesel

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cars are removed from the Government My honourable friend is right,

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improving air quality is a priority We are determined to

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cut harmful emissions. We've committed money since 2011

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to supporting the take-up The Government car service

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is working to remove diesel It has replaced a quarter

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of its vehicles with petrol hybrid cars and this work continues

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to remove diesel vehicles. Is the Prime Minister aware

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that I totally agree We in this House have a real

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responsibility for our children and grandchildren

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

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clouds looming on the horizon in terms of intolerance,

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racism across Europe and the foundering and flux

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of many of our great institutions that have kept peace and prosperity

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since the last world war? I speak here of the UN,

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Nato and indeed the European Union. Are we fit for purpose

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in keeping this country safe, I recognise the important issue

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that the right honourable gentleman It is precisely as we move out

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of the European Union, We want to ensure we continue

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play our part in the United Nations, that the United Nations itself

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is able to do the job that Nato has been the most

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important bulwark in terms of maintaining safety and security

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across the European continent. That's why we're continuing

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to support Nato. British forces in Poland,

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Romania, continuing to show The thrust of my speech yesterday

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was we want a strong, strategic partnership

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with the European Union. We want access to the single market,

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that free trade agreement but to continue to work with them

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on justice and security matters. Now is not a time to cooperate less,

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it's a time to cooperate more. Some of us were delighted

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about the third round replay where But the pressing issue is to be

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able to get into work Does the Prime Minister welcome

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the talks between Aslef and Southern to finding a solution

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for hard-pressed commuters? As a former Wimbledon councillor,

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I am not sure I share the enthusiasm But on the point he raised

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about train strikes, yes, I do. I hope those sitting around

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the table will enensure we see an agreement reached which enables

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passengers to get on with their lives, their jobs and not

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suffer the misery brought about by the strike

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

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and 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

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believes that GP surgeries should be open seven days a week,

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12 hours a day, would she be my guest at a resident's meeting

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against Department of Health diktat which will close a 6,000 strong

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Mitcham Wilson surgery. Even better, could she just

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tell her Government to stop cuts to GP services which force thousands

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to attend hard-pressed A's like St George's and St Helier

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or is she happy to see the possible I might remind the honourable lady,

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she and I sat on a council together where we tried to keep Wimbledon

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playing in Wimbledon or at least GPs are part of the solution

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in terms of the NHS for the future. We've seen more GPs

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coming into the NHS. There are something like 5,000

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more GPs being trained But what we do want to ensure

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is that GPs are open and providing the services at times

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when the patients Mr Speaker, it was quite clear

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from the Prime Minister's speech yesterday that she seeks to build

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a Brexit consensus and to bring our To that end, and indeed

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to strengthen the Prime Minister's negotiating hand, before Article 50

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is triggered, would she please consider at least publishing

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

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debate them here in this place I absolutely understand the point

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

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objectives which I set out very One of the objectives,

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one of the principles I set It continues to be the Government's

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intention that we will provide clarity whenever it is possible

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and we will ensure that at appropriate times both the public

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and Parliament are kept informed and are able to consider and

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properly scrutinise these issues. While dedicated and talented staff

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at the Royal Liverpool Hospital's A department struggle to find beds

:29:16.:29:24.

for sick people, around 135 patients are unable to be discharged solely

:29:25.:29:31.

because of Government cuts When will the Government

:29:32.:29:37.

recognise its responsibilities and not try to blame GPs

:29:38.:29:43.

for a problem of the I have accepted that

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and recognised that in this House. That's why the Government's

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recognised it and put improved funding through the Better Care Fund

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and Social Care Precept. Liverpool raced ?8 million

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and they'll receive ?48 million from It is ensuring we have a sustainable

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social care system for the future. That's what the

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Government's working on. Could I commend my right honourable

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friend for her remarks yesterday, not least the constructive terms

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to the future of the EU in marked difference

:30:28.:30:29.

from others over the years. Would she confirm that constructive

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tone will remain as the best base for getting an agreement

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between ourselves and the EU for mutual interest and the default

:30:38.:30:41.

position of no deal will remain a default position and not

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the Government's preferred position? We want to get that good deal

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and expect to be able It is right that it is through

:30:49.:30:55.

goodwill and a positive approach on both sides of these negotiations

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we will achieve that. I'm clear the UK wants to see

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a continuing strong European Union We want to have a strong,

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strategic partnership with that Europon and continue to work

:31:08.:31:17.

bilaterally with individual states. I made this point to a number

:31:18.:31:23.

of European leaders yesterday when I spoke to them after my speech

:31:24.:31:27.

that we do want to approach this in I believe a deal that is good

:31:28.:31:31.

for the UK, will be a deal This week, the National Auditor

:31:32.:31:37.

revealed the abject failures in the Concentrix fiasco

:31:38.:31:41.

which resulted in thousands of people wrongly denied

:31:42.:31:46.

their tax credits. This was not one rogue contractor

:31:47.:31:52.

but a system designed by Government to pursue and chase down

:31:53.:31:55.

claimants for profit. So, does the Prime Minister agree

:31:56.:32:00.

with the Chief Executive of HMRC that payment by result has no place

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in our welfare system? Will she review this model

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or will she wait for the next I recognise many people

:32:09.:32:11.

received a poor service. It is not the first time this has

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been highlighted in this chamber, I apologise for the worry

:32:18.:32:20.

and stress caused for people. We have been clear about that

:32:21.:32:28.

service operated by Concentrix. HMRC will learn the lessons

:32:29.:32:36.

from that contract. And they remain committed

:32:37.:32:38.

to providing a high quality service. And it will not use a private sector

:32:39.:32:40.

service to undertakes tax Further to the question

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from my honourable friend, the Prime Minister did yesterday

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confirm her commitment Therefore, I assume she accepts

:32:49.:32:55.

the long-standing convention that the executive,

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the Government, is continuously accountable to this

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House for the policies Could she clarify whether or not

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she intends to make any further statements of policy intentions

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to this House and whether she anticipates this House having

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an opportunity to vote its approval for those policies earlier than two

:33:19.:33:23.

years away when the whole My right honourable friend

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raises a matter that not only our honourable friend

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the member for Broxtowe has Yesterday, my right honourable,

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the Secretary of State for exiting the European Union came

:33:38.:33:45.

here and answered There is a further general debate

:33:46.:33:47.

on exiting the European Union There have been a number of these

:33:48.:33:54.

debates already looking at the issues which are part

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

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the result of the decision of the Supreme Court which may,

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if it goes against the Government, require legislation to be

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brought before this House. There will be an opportunity

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in the Great Repeal Bill to look at issues around the exiting

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the exit of the EU. We can't vote on the deal

:34:19.:34:21.

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

:34:22.:34:25.

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

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are already on the table as a bargaining tool before

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the Brexit negotiations What does the Prime Minister

:34:45.:34:46.

want to offer the Spanish fishermen? I made a very simple point yesterday

:34:47.:34:53.

which is that this negotiation There will be others

:34:54.:34:57.

in the European Union who will be looking for ensuring the deal

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we get is good for the UK I have to say to the honourable

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lady, if she thinks that continued membership of the Common Fisheries

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Policy is not the case and one The people of Staffordshire

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and Stoke-on-Trent are being confronted

:35:17.:35:25.

with the possible loss of emergency services in Stafford or Burton

:35:26.:35:29.

when our acute hospitals Would the Prime Minister agree

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with me and others that closing A is no way to deal with increased,

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real, not imagined, need? I would say to my honourable friend,

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the important issue is the level of service available for people

:35:47.:35:51.

in a local area. That's why the sustainability

:35:52.:35:55.

and transformation plans that are being published are taken

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into account and are being considered at a local level

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for local clinicians and local people to agree what is best

:36:05.:36:08.

in their particular area. Mr Speaker, last Friday I went

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to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where the number of people waiting

:36:12.:36:16.

12 hours or more in A Trust managers said the biggest

:36:17.:36:19.

factor is discharging people. Government cuts eroded

:36:20.:36:27.

support for them. Will she stop waffling

:36:28.:36:32.

about her shared society, listen to her own budget watchdog

:36:33.:36:37.

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

:36:38.:36:40.

years and put that money into local Well, just looking at the figures

:36:41.:36:43.

for what has happened in health in his particular area,

:36:44.:36:52.

there are more doctors and significantly more nurses

:36:53.:36:58.

in his NHS Foundation Trust. I know what the honourable

:36:59.:37:08.

gentleman is talking about But the honourable lady

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who is shouting from a sedentary position might have recognised

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

:37:20.:37:22.

also commenting on. I'm not having an exchange

:37:23.:37:25.

across the dispatch box. The Prime Minister

:37:26.:37:28.

was asked a question. I require no help from

:37:29.:37:30.

the honourable gentleman The Prime Minister will answer

:37:31.:37:33.

and she will be heard with courtesy, including

:37:34.:37:37.

by the honourable gentleman. The honourable

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gentleman asked me about pressures We are seeing more doctors

:37:47.:37:51.

and nurses in his hospitals Foundation Trust and health

:37:52.:37:56.

funding in the honourable gentleman's area will be ?3 billion

:37:57.:38:01.

this year rising with a further In terms of the issue

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of social care, as I said in this House before,

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we are putting extra money into social care,

:38:16.:38:21.

we're giving local authorities the opportunity to raise more money

:38:22.:38:23.

and spend it on social care. It's about ensuring best practise

:38:24.:38:26.

is spread throughout the country. About a long-term solution

:38:27.:38:30.

to sustainable social An issue ducked by Governments,

:38:31.:38:32.

including a Labour On Friday, the east coast of England

:38:33.:38:36.

faced threat of a tidal surge that endangered tens of thousands of

:38:37.:38:44.

homes and thousands of lives. A simple change in the weather meant

:38:45.:38:47.

flooding was averted. Will the Prime Minister join me

:38:48.:38:50.

in praising the response of the emergency services planning

:38:51.:38:55.

ahead, involving the army coastguard, the Fire Service

:38:56.:38:59.

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

:39:00.:39:05.

were made and will she further join with me in making sure the public

:39:06.:39:08.

know these warnings, in future, My honourable friend

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raises an important point. I'm happy to commend

:39:12.:39:17.

the action of all those in the emergency service,

:39:18.:39:21.

Armed Forces, and local authorities who worked so hard

:39:22.:39:25.

to make sure this problem, a change in weather took place,

:39:26.:39:28.

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

:39:29.:39:33.

people recognise they are given for a very good reason,

:39:34.:39:36.

because there is a concern about the danger that

:39:37.:39:39.

could take place. The efforts put in protected tens

:39:40.:39:42.

of thousands of properties. I'm pleased to see the work we have

:39:43.:39:44.

learned from previous flooding incidents, the work

:39:45.:39:47.

between emergency services, local services and the Armed Forces

:39:48.:39:51.

was much better coordinated We've been able to learn

:39:52.:39:56.

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

:39:57.:40:05.

the honourable member for Broxtowe the Prime Minister talked

:40:06.:40:08.

about her desire to give clarity Many of my constituency

:40:09.:40:11.

yentas are paying taxes. What assurances can she give

:40:12.:40:19.

them about their future. Particularly if they change

:40:20.:40:24.

their employer or are freelancers? What I said yesterday

:40:25.:40:27.

is about the guaranteeing of rights for EU citizens living

:40:28.:40:31.

here in the UK. I want to see the rights of UK

:40:32.:40:35.

citizens living in the 27 member states being given

:40:36.:40:40.

guarantees as well. I encourage others across Europe

:40:41.:40:43.

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

:40:44.:40:47.

and as early a stage as possible in order to give people

:40:48.:40:51.

the confidence and reassurance Supporting my right honourable

:40:52.:40:53.

gentlemen in social care and the Health Service,

:40:54.:41:06.

can she endorse the confidence in our hospitals in market

:41:07.:41:11.

towns across the country. They provide a vital piece

:41:12.:41:14.

of the jigsaw in our NHS such as the Westminster memorial

:41:15.:41:18.

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

:41:19.:41:23.

says, the Westminster memorial in Shaftesbury is providing good

:41:24.:41:40.

services for local people. What the structure of the local

:41:41.:41:46.

services should be is a matter It is crucial local clinicians agree

:41:47.:41:49.

and others agree we have a safe and secure service

:41:50.:41:53.

for people and that they are provided within the NHS

:41:54.:41:55.

services they need at I accept very often we think only

:41:56.:41:58.

of major District General Hospitals and acute hospitals but the NHS

:41:59.:42:03.

is made up of different parts. Patients need to be treated

:42:04.:42:06.

at the most appropriate How can abandoning membership

:42:07.:42:09.

of the customs union that thaws 68% of Wales' exports,

:42:10.:42:15.

crucially 90% of our food and drink exports and supports 200,000

:42:16.:42:19.

jobs cause any other What we will be doing is negotiating

:42:20.:42:23.

a free trade agreement with the European Union to get

:42:24.:42:33.

the best possible access for trade. We also want to be able to negotiate

:42:34.:42:35.

trade agreements with other A number of countries have already

:42:36.:42:39.

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

:42:40.:42:43.

markets being delivered for businesses here in the UK,

:42:44.:42:46.

including for the sort of trade that In the customs aspect

:42:47.:42:52.

with the European Union, we want to have an arrangement

:42:53.:42:58.

with them to have as frictionless

:42:59.:43:03.

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