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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Speaker, this morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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why is the Prime Minister introducing cuts that threatened the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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countries? Well, my honourable friend raises the question of

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

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that we will ensure that Parliament has every opportunity to provide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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taken so long to get it? LAUGHTER

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

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

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

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voted overwhelmingly for the Government to trigger Article 50

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

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

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

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

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honourable gentleman always ask about process, about the means to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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asked the Prime Minister repeatedly to clarify whether her government is

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

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

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

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

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

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

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are two separate issues. The House has overwhelmingly voted that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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instance, the chief executive of Nissan was given assurances about

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future trade arrangements with Europe but now says they will have

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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with senior members of the government that that is their

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

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

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

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

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

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

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parts of the international labour organisation Convention, talking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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would simply remind the right honourable gentleman on the issue of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Britain last weekend to highlight women's rights after President

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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honourable gentleman that this government introduced the national

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

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

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

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

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special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States

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

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

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

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because we have that special relationship. A special relationship

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

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

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

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

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

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court judgments against this government, what is signified was

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

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

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bad judgment of threatening European partners whilst offering a blank

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

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

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some certainty and withdraw the threats to destroy the social

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

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

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the EU Americans and other countries negotiating good trade deals for

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this country to bring prosperity. The right honourable gentleman wants

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

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

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

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shadow Brexit secretary disagrees with the Shadow Home Secretary and

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

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

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

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JEERS Thank you Mr Speaker, on 27th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Prime Minister assure us that the proposed tunnel at Stonehenge will

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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happy Burns Day and of course extending congratulations to the

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Scotsman newspaper which is celebrating its by centenary today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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keen to have health systems which are fully open to private

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competition. They want to export genetically modified organisms, beef

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raised with growth hormones and chicken meat washed with chlorinated

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

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

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

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

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deal Thame proves trade between our two countries that will bring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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additional ?156 million in Government funding this week and we

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

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

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

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

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Medicines Agency provides a single drug licencing system for 500

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

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months ahead of countries like Canada and Australia. Yesterday the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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have the arrangements we need Too few British intren airs are

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

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

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

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

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helping to achieve the pools of buccaneering capital that British

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

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

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

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

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investment and we are also increasing investment from venture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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relation to this. President Trump has repeatedly said

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

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

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circumstances will she permit Britain to be dragged into

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

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

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

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that will continue to be our position.

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

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

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Government to negotiate a deal that secures the future prosperity of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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future and will be central to delivering this Government's

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

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

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understand he has secured a Westminster Hall debate. I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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freight train arrived at barking from China using the Chunnel and

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demonstrating the massive protension of rail treat, but containtal rail

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

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network. Would the Prime Minister consider giving positive support to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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asylum seekers were denied a fair trial and some probably unlegally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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forward proposals to increase the prosperity and economic growth in

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their area. Closed question. Number 11. I will

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meet the First Minister and leaders of the devolved administrations at

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

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

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First Minister, will she confirm whether she supports the principle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My honourable friend raises an important point, we condemn assaults

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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where he said that freedom and democracy are not tradable

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

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

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the support of the UK for the maintenance of an independent

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

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

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

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independent sovereign state of Ukraine. The Foreign Secretary has

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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honourable friend the Prime Minister and her Cabinet to Khazri earlier

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this week, and I welcome the Government industrial strategy to

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

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

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

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

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support they have for what the Government is doing in the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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petitions presented in this Parliament is a matter for the

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

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

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

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excellent EU speech last week, will the Prime Minister consider

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unilaterally guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens living and working in

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

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

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negotiations, and we can always return to the issue of

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non-reciprocation and necessary later in those negotiations. I

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recognise the concern that my honourable friend has raised in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Parliamentary group for disability, we recently compiled an important

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

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

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

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Minister place people with disability at the heart of policy

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

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Minister. The honourable lady raises an important issue about disabled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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show our solidarity in the fight against terrorism, deepen our

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

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

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honourable friend for raising the important issues that I will be

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discussing with President Erdogan, and with the Prime Minister of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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right honourable gentleman that, as he indicates, the political

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stability in Northern Ireland has been hard earned over some

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

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

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investigations by the PSNI into former soldiers and their activities

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

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

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terrorist activity, and it is important that the terrorist

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

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honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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council, because the people of Derbyshire deserve better? Prime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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that is why we are determined to bring forward a sustainable

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

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

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

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

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

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this country but the whole international community in the town

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

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

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

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

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

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the role the right honourable gentleman has played in looking at

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

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

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

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

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energy. The Obama administration obviously signed up to the Paris

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

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parties would continue to ensure that the climate change agreement is

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put into practice. Order...

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