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Order, questions to the Prime Minister, Helen Jones!
Number one, Sir.
The Prime Minister.
As the response from the whole House showed, we all do indeed
all welcome the Speaker of the Burmese Parliament
and his colleagues to see our deliberations today.
I am also sure that the whole House will join me in sending our thoughts
to the police officer who was shot in Belfast over the weekend,
and to his friends and family.
PSNI do a superb job in keeping us safe and secure,
and they have our fullest support.
Mr Speaker, this morning I had meetings with ministerial
colleagues and others.
In a addition to my duties in this House, I will further such
meetings later today, and later this week I will travel
to the United States for with President Trump.
May I join the Prime Minister in sending good wishes to the
police officer who was shot in Belfast.
They are the best drivers on social mobility, 99% are rated
good or outstanding, and 65% of their places
are in the most deprived areas of this country.
So why is the Prime Minister introducing cuts that
threaten the very existence of maintained nursery schools?
Is it not true that, when it comes to social mobility,
her actions speak far louder than her words?
I want to ensure, and this Government wants to ensure,
that we see good quality education at every age and at every stage
for children in this country.
That is why we are looking at improving the number
of good school places, but she talks about my record
speaking louder than words.
Can I just point out to the honourable lady
that I was very proud, as chairman of an education
authority in London in the 1990s, to introduce nursery school places
for every three and four year old whose parents wanted one?
The Prime Minister laid out a clear and bold plan for Brexit
in her speech last week.
Honourable members, quite rightly, want an opportunity
to scrutinise that plan.
Does the Prime Minister agree that the best way of facilitating
that scrutiny would be a Government White Paper,
laying out our vision for a global Britain, based on free trade
in goods and services, that will be to the benefit of us
and other European countries?
Well, my honourable friend raises the question
of Parliamentary scrutiny.
I have been clear, as have senior ministers, that we will ensure that
Parliament has every opportunity to provide that scrutiny on this
issue as we go through this process.
But I recognise, I set out that bold plan for a global Britain last week,
and I recognise there is an appetite in this House to see that plan set
out in a White Paper.
In response to my honourable friend's question, I can
confirm to the House that our plan will be set
out in a White Paper to be published to this House.
Mr Speaker, I join the Prime Minister in condolences,
in expressing the condolences, I am sure, of the whole House
to the family of the police officer who lost his life over the weekend
in Northern Ireland.
Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister has wasted 80 days between the time
of the original judgment and the appeal, and is now
finally admitting today, after pressure from all sides,
that there is going to be a White Paper.
Could we know when this white paper is going to be available to us?
And why it has taken so long to get it?
Can I say to the right honourable gentleman,
he asked for debates, I was very clear there would always
be debates in this House, and there will continue to be.
He asked for votes, the House voted overwhelmingly
for the Government to trigger Article 50 before the end
of March this year.
He asked for a plan, I set out, as my honourable friend
for Croydon South said, a clear plan for a bold
future for Britain.
He and others asked for a White Paper, I have been clear there
will be a White Paper.
But I am also clear that the right honourable gentleman
always asks about process, about the means to the end.
I and this Government are focusing on the outcomes.
We are focusing...
We are focusing on a truly global Britain, building a stronger
future for this country, the right deal for Britain and
Britain out of the European Union.
Mr Speaker, my question wasn't complicated, it's just asked
when the White Paper will come out!
And will it be published before or at the same time
as the bill that is apparently about to be published?
Mr Speaker, last week, I asked the Prime Minister
repeatedly to clarify whether her Government is prepared
to pay to secure tariff-free access to the single European market.
She repeatedly refused to answer the question,
so I will ask her again.
Is her Government ruling out paying a fee for tariff-free access
to the single market, or the bespoke customs union
that she outlined also in her speech?
Can I first of all say to the right honourable gentleman,
in his reference to the timing issue, these are two
The House has overwhelmingly voted that Article 50 should be triggered
before the end of March 2017.
Following the Supreme Court judgment a bill will be
provided for this House, and there will be the proper
debate in this chamber and the other place on that bill.
There is then the separate question of publishing the plan
that I have set out, a bold vision for
Britain for the future.
I will do that in a White Paper, and the right honourable gentleman
knows that one of our objectives is the best possible
free trade arrangement with the European Union,
and that is what we will be out there negotiating for.
Some of this is very worrying to many people in this House,
but more importantly, it is worrying to many others.
For instance, the chief executive of Nissan was given assurances
by her Business Secretary about future trade arrangements
with Europe, but now says they will have to re-evaluate the situation
about their investments in Britain.
The Prime Minister, Mr Speaker, is threatening the EU that
unless they give in to her demands, she will turn Britain into a bargain
basement tax haven off the coast of Europe.
We on this side of the House are very well aware
of the consequences that would have, the damage it would do to jobs
and living standards and our public services.
Is she now going to rule out the bargain basement threat
that was in her speech at Lancaster House?
I expect us to get a good deal for trading relationships
with the European Union, but I am also clear that we will not
sign up to a bad deal for the United Kingdom.
And as to the threats that the right honourable gentleman claims
about what might happen, and he often talks about this,
he uses those phrases, talking about workers' rights,
perhaps he should listen to his former colleague,
the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who has today said,
"To give credit to the Government, I don't think they want to weaken
"workers' rights," and he goes on to say, "I have seen no evidence
"from the conversations I have had with senior members
"of the Government that that is their aspiration
"or their intention or something they want to do."
As usual with Labour, the right hand is not
talking to the far left!
The evidence of what the Tory party and this Government really thinks
about workers' rights was there for all to see yesterday.
A private member's bill under the ten minute rule bill
by a Tory MP to tear up parts of the International Labour
Organisation Convention, talking down my friend the member
for Grimsby's bill to protect European workers' rights that have
been attained in this country.
That is the real agenda of the Tory party!
Mr Speaker, what the Prime Minister is doing is petulantly aiming
a threat at our public services with her threats
about a bargain basement Britain.
Is her priority our struggling NHS, those denied social care,
children having their school funding cut, or is it once
again further cuts in big business taxation to make the rich
even better off?
I would simply remind the right honourable gentleman on the issue
of workers' rights that I have been very clear that this Government
will protect workers' rights, indeed we have a review of modern
employment law to ensure that legislation is keeping up
with the modern labour market.
One of the objectives I set out in my plan for our negotiating
objectives was to protect workers' rights.
But he talks about threats to public services.
I will tell him what the threat to public services would be,
a Labour government borrowing 500 million extra pounds!
That would destroy our economy and mean no funding
for our public services.
The threat to workers' rights, Mr Speaker, is there every day.
Six million earning less than the living wage.
Many people, nearly a million, on zero hours contracts,
with no protection offered by this Government.
They are offering, once again, the bargain basement alternative.
Will the Prime Minister, Mr Speaker, also take this opportunity today
to congratulate the 100,000 people who marched in Britain last weekend
to highlight women's rights after President Trump's inauguration,
and express their concerns about his misogyny?
Because many have concerns, Mr Speaker, that in her forthcoming
meeting with President Trump, she will be prepared to offer up
for sacrifice the opportunity for American
companies to take over parts of our NHS or our public services.
Will she assure the House that in any trade deal, none of those
things will be offered up as a bargaining chip?
Again, I would point out to the honourable gentleman
that it is this Government that introduced the national living wage.
And that this Government has made changes to zero-hours contracts.
But on the issue of my visit to the United States of America,
on the issue of my visit, I am pleased that I am able to meet
President Trump so early in his administration.
That is a sign of the strength of the special relationship
between the United Kingdom and the United States of America,
a special relationship on which he and I intend to build.
But can I also say to the Leader of the Opposition, I am not afraid
to speak frankly to a President of the United States.
I am able to do that because we have that special relationship.
A special relationship that he would never have
with the United States.
Mr Speaker, we would never allow Britain to be sold off on the cheap.
How confident is she of getting a good deal for global Britain
from a president who wants to put America first, buy American
and build a wall between his country and Mexico?
Mr Speaker, Article 50 wasn't about a court judgment
against this Government, what is signified was the bad
judgment of this Government, the bad judgment of prioritising
corporate tax cuts over investment in national health and social care.
The bad judgment of threatening European partners whilst offering
a blank cheque to President Trump!
The bad judgment of wanting to turn Britain into a
bargain basement tax haven.
So will she offer some clarity and some certainty and withdraw
the threats to destroy the social structure of this country by turning
us into the bargain basement she clearly threatens?
We will be out around the world with the EU, America and other
countries negotiating good trade deals for this country
to bring prosperity.
The right honourable gentleman wants to talk about Brexit.
I have to say to him, he is the leader of the party,
he can not agree with his Shadow Chancellor about Brexit.
The Shadow Chancellor can't agree with the shadow Brexit secretary,
the shadow Brexit secretary disagrees with the Shadow Home
Secretary and the Shadow Home Secretary has to ring up the leader
and tell him to change his mind.
He talks about us standing up for Britain, they can't
speak for themselves, they'll never speak for Britain.
SHOUTING AND JEERS
Thank you Mr Speaker.
On the 27th December, another young woman lost her life
driving through the West Country on the A303.
In the past decade, more than 1,000 people have been killed
or injured on that road.
For 40 years, governments have promised to dual the lethal parts
of the road where they become two and three and back again with no
and back again with no central reservation.
The queues on the road are also legendary.
I know the Government is commited to an upgrade, but can
the Prime Minister assure us that the proposed tunnel
under Stonehenge will not hold up essential work elsewhere and we'll
soon see cones on the road and spades in the ground?
Well my honourable friend raises an important issue.
He is absolutely right to do that.
I can assure him we are working generally to improve
the safety of our roads.
He refers specifically to the issue of the A303 and the tragic incident
that happened on the 27th of December.
We've committed to creating a dual carriageway on the A303
from the M3 to M5.
I understand Highways England have launched a consultation
into the route under Stonehenge and my honourable friend will want
to look closely at that issue.
This is all part of our ?2 billion investment in road improvements that
will improve connections in the southwest but I can
assure him that we have road safety at the forefront of our mind.
I begin by wishing everybody a very happy Burns Day and of course
extending congratulations to the Scotsman newspaper
which is celebrating its bicentenary today.
Yesterday, the Government lost in the Supreme Court, and today,
we have a very welcome U-turn on a White Paper
in regards to Brexit.
So, in the spirit of progress for Parliament, in advance
of meeting President Trump, will the Prime Minister tell
Parliament what she wants to achieve in a UK-US trade deal?
Can I join the right honourable gentleman in his good wishes
for a happy Burns Day to everybody and also in recognising
the bicentenary of the Scotsman.
I'm sure everybody in the house would join me in that.
What do we want to achieve in terms of our arrangements
with the United States?
It is very simple.
We want to achieve an arrangement that ensures the interests
of the United Kingdom are put first, and that is what I will be doing.
And that we see a trade arrangement with the United States -
as we will be looking for with other parts of the world -
that can increase our trade, bring prosperity and growth
to the UK, and my aim for this Government is to ensure
that economy works for everybody in every part
of the UK.
The European Union, which we are still part of,
has amongst the highest food safety standards anywhere in the world,
and we are proud on our continent to have public
national health systems.
The United States, on the other hand, is keen to have health systems
which are fully open to private competition.
They want to export genetically modified organisms, beef raised
with growth hormones and chicken meat washed with chlorinated water.
Will the Prime Minister tell President Trump that she is not
prepared to lower our food and safety standards, or to open
health systems for privatisation, or does she believe that this
is a price worth paying for a UK-US trade deal?
We will be looking for a UK-US trade deal that improves trade
between our two countries, that will bring prosperity
and growth to this country, that will ensure we can bring jobs
to this country as well.
I can assure the right honourable gentleman that, in doing that,
we will put UK interests and UK values first.
Thank you, Mr Speaker.
Historic per capita spending in our regions,
including Yorkshire, when compared to London is up to 40%
lower for our local authorities, up to 50% lower for our schools
and up to 60% lower for our transport prospects.
Does the Prime Minister agree that if we want to build a country
that works for everyone, we need a fair funding deal
that works for everyone?
I recognise the issues my honourable friend has raised.
I can assure him our commitment in relation to the northern parts
of England, including Yorkshire, is absolutely clear.
We want to back business growth across the north.
We are backing the Northern Powerhouse to help the great cities
and towns of the North pool their strength
and take on the world.
Yorkshire LEPs have received an additional ?156 million
in Government funding this week, and we are spending a record ?13
billion on transport across North.
As a result, there are more people in work in Yorkshire and the Humber
than ever before, and the employment rate is at a record high.
That's good news for people in the region and good news
for the economy as a whole.
The European Medicines Agency provides a single drug licencing
system for 500 million people, and results in the UK having drugs
licensed six to 12 months ahead of countries
like Canada and Australia.
Yesterday, the Health Secretary stated that the UK
will not be in the EMA.
Can the Prime Minister confirm this, and explain how she'll prevent
delayed drug access for UK patients?
Well, there are a number of organisations that we are part
of as members of the European Union, and as part of the work
that we are doing to look at the United Kingdom in the future
when we have left the European Union, we look
at the arrangements we can put in place to relation
to those issues.
-- in relation.
We want to ensure that we continue to have, the pharmaceutical industry
in this country is a very important part of our economy
as is the ability of people to access these new drugs,
I can assure the honourable lady that we are looking seriously
at this and will ensure we have the arrangements we need.
Too few British entrepreneurs are connecting with the capital
they need to start and grow.
As part of her industrial strategy, which will be looking
at access to capital, will the Prime Minister order a review
of the Enterprise Investment Scheme and the Seed Enterprise
in the hope they can be simplified, helping to create the pools
of buccaneering capital that British industry needs?
My honourable friend raises an important issue, and he has long
been a champion of entrepreneurship in this country.
I can tell him that, in the industrial strategy,
we are committed to providing the best environment for business.
The Treasury has established a patient capital review, for example.
There is a panel that is looking at barriers that exist
to long-term investment.
and we are also increasing investment from venture
capital by the British Business Banks by ?400 million, and that
will unlock ?1 billion of new finance.
The Treasury will publish a consultation in the spring
looking at these issues and I'm sure my honourable friend will
wish to contribute.
Four and a half years ago, my constituents Chris and Lydia Leek
were on a family holiday on the Greek island of Zante
when their son Jamie was hit and killed by a speeding motor bike.
It was his ninth birthday.
The rider was convicted, but has appealed against his sentence
and to date remains a free man.
Will the Prime Minister agree to meet with Chris and Lydia
to discuss how they can finally secure justice for Jamie?
I say to the honourable lady I'm very happy to look at this case.
I mean, it is a tragic case she has described and our thoughts must be
with Chris and Lydia at the terrible loss that they have experienced.
To the issues of what is happening, in terms of the Greek
Criminal Justice System, of course, that is a matter
for the Greek authorities.
But we will, I will look seriously at this case and see
if there is anything that the Foreign Office can do
in relation to this.
President Trump has repeatedly said that he will bring back torture
as an instrument of policy.
When she sees him on Friday, will the Prime Minister make clear
that in no circumstances will she permit Britain to be
dragged into facilitating that torture, as we were after
I can assure my honourable friend that we have a very clear
position on torture.
We do not sanction torture.
We do not get involved with that and that will continue
to be our position.
Thank you, Mr Speaker.
70% of my constituents voted Remain.
15% are citizens of other EU countries and almost all don't
trust her Government to negotiate a deal that secures the future
prosperity of London and the UK.
Will she give this House a veto on the deal she does,
or will she put that deal back to a referendum of
the British people?
I say to the honourable gentleman...
people voted differently across the country.
There are parts of the country that voted to Remain and there are parts
of the country that voted to Leave.
What we now do is unite behind the result of
the vote that took place.
We come together as a country, we go out there, we make a success
of this and we ensure that we build that truly global Britain that
will bring jobs to his constituency and for his constituents.
Mr Speaker, this week, Milton Keynes celebrates its 50th birthday.
We have been the most successful of new cities and have one
of the highest rates of economic growth.
Will the Prime Minister agree that Milton Keynes has a great future
and will be central to delivering this Government's ambitions?
Well, can I join my honourable friend in marking Milton Keynes'
And also I understand he has secured
a Westminster Hall debate later today on this subject.
I congratulate him on having done that.
I think Milton Keynes is a great example of what you can achieve
with a clear plan and with strong, local leadership.
We are providing, as he knows, additional funding
for the East-West rail project.
I know he supported that through chairing its APGG
The honourable gentleman has raised an issue,
which is a different gauge on the railways
here and on the continent -
which has been, obviously, an issue for some considerable time.
We want to encourage freight on rails.
We have been encouraging freight on rail and we'll continue to do so.
Thank you, very much, Mr Speaker.
The Ministry of Cake in my constituency of
Taunton Deane, a ?30 million
turnover company has recently been bought by a French company called
They trade across Europe, Ministry of Cake, and into China.
Does this not demonstrate, Prime Minister, and would you agree
with me that it demonstrates the confidence in our economy
in that a European company has bought in?
It demonstrates that we can unlock global trade and it demonstrates
that the South West is a terrific place to do business?
I absolutely agree with my honourable friend.
I think the investment that she has referred to of a French company
into a company in her constituency shows the confidence that people
have in our economy for the future.
It shows the fundamental strengths of our economy.
And it also shows that we can unlock global trade and, of course,
the south-west is a very good place to do business.
Thank you, Mr Speaker.
Robert Burns once wrote, "Whatever damages society
or any least part of it, that is my measure of iniquity.
Would the Prime Minister agree that that this description applies
perfectly to the detention fast track system recently found
to be illegal by British courts under which 10,000 asylum seekers
were denied a fair trial and some of whom where
probably unlegally deported to death and torture?
I say to the honourable gentleman the issue of the detained fast track
system in the asylum system is one that I looked
at when I was Home Secretary
and we did make a number of changes on how we operate it
but it was built on a strong principle - which is if there
is somebody whose case for asylum is such that they are almost certain
to be refused that asylum, then we want to be ensure they can
be removed from the country as quickly as possible,
hence the detained fast track.
I would like to ask my friend, the Prime Minister, if she would
assist in trying to get an enterprise zone in my
constituency as part of the industrial strategy.
It turns out that the Labour Council and Labour county council,
who were talking about an enterprise zone-esque project in the area,
have not applied for any funding whatsoever.
Would my right honourable friend please assist me in this endeavour?
Well, can I say to my honourable friend, I know what a champion
for his constituency it is.
And I'm sure that the Chancellor and the Business Secretary will look
at the issue that he has raised.
I also say how sad it is that Labour councils are not willing to put
forward proposals to increase the prosperity and economic
growth in their area.
Mr Patrick Grady.
I will meet the First Minister and leaders of the devolved
administrations at the joint ministerial committee on Monday,
but, of course, we regularly engage with the Scottish Government
on a number of issues.
When she does eventually meet with the First Minister, will she confirm
whether she supports the principle of the Scotland Act that whatever
is not reserved is devolved, and will she be able to tell
what powers will come to the Scottish Parliament
in the event of Brexit?
Can she confirm that the Great Repeal Bill will not be
the great power grab?
I have been very clear, echoed yesterday by the Secretary
of State for Exiting the European Union, that no powers
that no powers that are currently devolved will be taken back
to the UK Government.
What we will be looking at, and what we will be discussing
with the devolved administrations, is how we deal with those powers
which are currently in Brussels when they come back
to the United Kingdom, and what we want to ensure,
we want to ensure - that those powers are dealt
with so that we can maintain
the important single market of the United Kingdom.
Thank you, Mr Speaker.
It is currently an offence to assault a police officer,
an immigration officer or a prison officer,
but it is not a specific offence to assault an NHS worker,
whether a doctor, nurse or paramedic.
Does the Prime Minister agree with me that we should consider
extending a specific offence to these people to make it
absolutely clear that the public will not tolerate violence
towards our hard-working members of the NHS?
My honourable friend raises an important point,
of course we condemn assaults on anybody and any
violence that takes place,
but the Secretary of State for Health has heard
the case that he has put
and will be happy to look at the issue he has raised.
When she intrduces a UK agricultural policy,
because we're out of the Common Agricultural Policy,
will the Duke of Westminster still received ?407,000 year,
will the Duke of Northumberland still receive ?475,000 a year,
and will the Earl of Iver still receive ?915,000 a year
from the British taxpayer?
The honourable gentleman seems to know a lot about these ducal
matters, most interesting.
I will be fascinated by the reply.
Let's hear it!
One of the tasks that we will have, and the honourable gentleman
is right, when we leave the European Union, is to decide
what support is provided to agriculture as a result
of being outside of the Common Agricultural Policy.
I can assure him that we are taking the interest of all parts
of the UK into account
when we look into that system and what it should be in the future.
Ah, yes, Hampshire knight, I think!
Sir Gerald Howarth.
Last weekend, the Secretary of State for Defence made a very
welcome visit to Ukraine, where he said that freedom
and democracy are not tradable commodities.
As we mark the 25th anniversary of relations between our two
Parliaments, could I invite my right honourable friend to declare
the continued support of the UK for the maintenance
of an independent sovereign state in Ukraine, which has been subjected
to the most outrageous annexation of part of its providence by Russia?
I am very happy to join my honourable friend
in confirming our commitment to the independent
sovereign state of the Ukraine.
The Foreign Secretary has been doing a lot of work with other
Foreign Ministers on this particular issue, we do provide significant
support to Ukraine, and I hope soon to be up to meet
and talk about the support we provide.
Last week, the Prime Minister said that Parliament would get a vote
on the final deal between the UK and the European Union.
Could she set out for the house what would happen
if Parliament said no to the terms of that deal?
Would she, in those circumstances, negotiate an alternative deal,
or would her no deal option be
falling back on WTO rules, which means 10% tariffs on cars,
20% on food and trick, and a host of other barriers
to trade, investment and prosperity in the UK?
As I also said in my speech, I expect we will be able to negotiate
a good deal in terms of trade with the European Union, because it
would be in our interests and those of the European Union as well.
There will be a vote on the deal for this Parliament, but then,
if this Parliament is not willing to accept a deal that has
been decided and agreed by the United Kingdom Government
with the European Union, I have said that if there is no deal,
we will have to fall back on other arrangements.
Mr Speaker, a great pleasure to welcome my honourable friend
the Prime Minister and her Cabinet to Sci-Tech Daresbury
earlier this week,
and I welcome the Government's industrial strategy to bring high
skill, high wage jobs to help close the North-South divide,
and the message is that Britain is open for business.
I thank my honourable friend and I and the whole Cabinet
were very pleased to be able to visit Daresbury,
pleased to be able to sit down and meet with small businesses
on that particular site to hear the support they have
for what the Government is doing in the industrial strategy.
Britain is open for business, we will be trading around the world,
a global leader in free trade - bringing jobs, economic growth
and prosperity to every part of this country.
Thank you, Mr Speaker.
We are now aware of the hundreds of thousands of women who marched
in behalf of women's rights last weekend.
In this House, we have been lobbied by members of the Women
Against State Pension Inequality, and many MPs have lodged petitions
asking the Government to act.
Can the Prime Minister tell us how many MPs have lodged such petitions?
I have to say to the honourable gentleman that I think the number
of petitions presented in this Parliament is a matter
for the House authorities, but what he also knows
is the Government has already taken
action, in relation to the issue of women's pensions, to reduce
the changes that will be experienced by women and putting
extra money into that.
Following her excellent EU speech last week,
will the Prime Minister consider unilaterally guaranteeing the rights
of EU citizens living and working in the UK?
This isn't just the decent thing to do but, by taking
the moral high ground, it will be a source of strength
going forward in the negotiations, and we can always return
to the issue of non-reciprocation by the EU if necessary later
in those negotiations.
I recognise the concern that my honourable friend has raised
in relation to this issue, but my position remains the same
as it always has been.
I expect and intend, and want to be able to guarantee the rights
of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom,
but as the British Prime Minister it is only right that I should give
consideration to the rights of UK citizens living elsewhere
in what will be the remaining 27
member states of the EU, and that's why I wanted that
As I said in my speech last week, I remain open to this being an issue
we negotiate at a very early stage.
A good number of other states want that, some don't,
but I'm hoping we will be
able to do it at an early stage.
Dr Lisa Cameron.
Thank you, Mr Speaker.
As chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for disability,
we recently compiled an important report into the Government's pledge
to halve the employment gap.
Research shows this pledge will not be met for 50 years.
To date, no minister has met with the APPG
to discuss the report.
Will the Prime Minister place people with disability at the heart
of policy and ensure that her ministers engage
with the APPG and its recommendations?
The honourable lady raises an important issue about disabled
people in the workplace.
It is one we are aware of, and as we see the number of people in...
unemployment going down, and it does change the
ratios to an extent but the Secretary of State is looking
very seriously at how we can ensure that we are seeing more disabled
people in the workplace, and I am sure he will have seen that
request she has made.
Can I welcome the Prime Minister meeting with the president
of Turkey on Saturday, when we can show our solidarity
in the fight against terrorism, we can deepen our trading relationship,
and can the Prime Minister also seek support for a united and independent
Cyprus, free from Turkish troops?
I thank my honourable friend for raising the important issues
that I will be discussing with President Erdogan,
and with the Prime Minister of Turkey when I meet
them on Saturday.
He raises the issue of Cyprus.
I am hopeful that the talks will be able to continue
to come to a solution.
I think we're closer to a solution than we have been before.
I have already spoken to the Prime Minister
and President Erdogan about the need to ensure that we are creative
in thinking and finding a solution for this,
and I had a further telephone call with Nicos
Anastasiades over the weekend about this very issue.
We stand ready, as a guarantor, to play our part in making sure
we can see a successful conclusion of these talks, and see
that reunification of Cyprus, which people have been working
for, for some time.
Thank you, Mr Speaker.
I join the Prime Minister in wishing a speedy recovery
to the police officer who was shot and injured in my constituency
in North Belfast on Sunday night.
Thankfully, he was not killed, but that was not the intention
of the terrorists, of course.
It is very clear, Mr Speaker, that the political instability
brought about by Sinn Fein's collapse of the Assembly
is in no-one's interest, and it is also clear
that their intention is to try to rewrite the past.
Will she make it very clear that the legal persecution of police
officers and soldiers who did so much to bring peace
to Northern Ireland will not be allowed to continue?
I say to the right honourable gentleman that, as he indicates,
the political stability in Northern Ireland has been hard
earned over some considerable time, and none of us want to see
that thrown away.
He raises the issue of the current situation, where there are a number
of investigations by the PSNI into former soldiers
and their activities in Northern Ireland,
and I think it's right that we recognise that the majority
of people who lost their lives did so as a result of terrorist
activity, and it is important that the terrorist activity
is looked into.
That's why one of the issues that my right honourable friend,
the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, is looking
at is this legacy question and how that can take place in future.
Social care provided by Labour-led Derbyshire County Council in my area
is failing miserably.
Serious errors in process have led to, quite frankly,
shameful consequences for some of my most vulnerable constituents.
It is clearly not about funding, as they sit on reserves
of about ?233 million.
Will my right honourable friend instigate an urgent review of social
care practice at the county council, because the people of
Derbyshire deserve better?
My honourable friend has made an important point
in relation to this issue, which is that successive social care
is not wholly about funding, but the practice on the ground,
and that is why we are very clear that it is important to see that
integration between social and health care at a local level,
and local authorities should be playing their part
in delivering that.
And this is an issue that we need to see addressed
for the longer term as well.
Frankly, it has been ducked by governments for too
long in this country, and that's why this Government is determined
to bring forward a sustainable programme in the future.
The right honourable gentleman never knew he was quite that popular!
I was going to say, Mr Speaker, it brings back memories, actually!
Can I say to the Prime Minister, as the first foreign leader
to meet President Trump, she carries a huge responsibility
on behalf not just of this country but the whole international
community in the tone that she sets?
Can I ask her to reassure us that she will say to the President
that he must abide by and not withdraw from the Paris
Climate Change treaty, and in case it is helpful,
can she offer the services of UK scientists to convince the President
that climate change is not a hoax invented by the Chinese?
Well, I recognise the role the right honourable gentleman has played
in looking at this issue of climate change, and I hope he recognises
the commitment this Government has shown to this
issue of climate change
with the legislation we have put through,
and the changes that we have brought about in terms of the energy
sector and uses of different forms of energy.
The Obama administration obviously signed up to the Paris
Climate Change agreement, we have now done that,
I would hope that all parties would continue to ensure
that the climate change agreement is put into practice.